Sierra_Dad - 8:36 pm on Sep 3, 2010 (gmt 0)
I can't say I've developed for Windows Phone yet, but it has some very promising things for developers.
In some ways, Microsoft has emulated the iPhone more closely than Android, or any of its previous Windows Mobile Products.
-Control of app distribution
-They will seek to vet and approve apps.
Microsoft has shown a history of being successful in a market without being first to innovate in it. Ever heard of WordPerfect?
Based on what I've learned, here's some positive things for developers.
-Developing graphic apps using XNA. I haven'd done much
mobile graphics programming, but in Android, developers are in the stone age by comparison.
-XNA code can run on the phones, your PC, or the XBox, and the tools help you do this.
- The Windows MarketPlace includes support for various licensing models, including timed trial, lite and premium licenses - maybe even subscriptions. The high school interns working on the Android Market probably won't get to that this century.
- Microsoft is promising objective criteria and clear and prompt feedback when apps are reviewed for market. How well that works will remain to be seen.
Google doesn't really care about Android developers making money; they'd rather have a bunch of free apps so that they can make the money.
While an open marketplace is often praised, it really isn't a benefit to developers nor users to have the sheer amount of spam that is in the Android Market. Nor is it a benefit that blatant trademark violaters prosper until someone complains.