Last night, I had an opportunity to attend a cool event here in Columbus, OH called Mobile Monday. At least, I thought it was going to be cool. In my mind, I was attending an event that would be bringing the great minds of the mobile industry in Columbus to one location, where we could network, talk about apps we were working on, and generally have a spirit of openness, regardless of platform. What I encountered instead was an almost poisonous hostility towards my affiliation with Microsoft, and a childlike mocking (insert a Nelson Muntz finger pointing and “Ha, ha!” here.) of my belief that Windows Phone 7 will see any success whatsoever.
To be completely honest, I was disappointed. Not in the event, mind you, the event was great. Free food, loads of people, and tons of phones (one guy had 7 working phones, with usage plans!)
I have a complete respect for the iPhone and Android devices. I’m in awe of what people are capable of making them do. They are absolutely great platforms for writing new software. They are the reason that Microsoft has been working so hard to right the ship that was Windows Mobile. We’ve admitted our shortcomings there, and have gone back to the drawing board. Windows Phone 7 is our response to that criticism.
So I reach out to you, dear reader, to ask a question. What do you think of Windows Phone 7? I’m not asking if you’ll get one (though I’m curious), but have you investigated it? Have you looked at how easy it is to build an app? Leave me a comment with your thoughts.
I am a software developer. Not only do I write code while at work, but I write it when I’m not at work too. I’m currently spending my free time writing apps for this new phone platform. It has absolutely nothing to do with my affiliation with Microsoft. It has everything to do with opportunity.
Imagine back a few years to when the iPhone came out. Imagine that Apple had made a bold announcement that the App Store will be available in 6 months, and this concept is going to be HUGE. You’ll be able to sell an application for a dollar, and sell millions of them (even if all they do is fart.) Would you have built an application? Just on the chance it could pay off big? I would have.
But they didn’t make that announcement, and it has taken some companies and developers 3+ years to realize that this platform abounds in opportunity. Android’s only been out for 18 months, and there’s still people that feel iPhone is the only platform they care to develop for.
Windows Phone 7 presents you with that opportunity. It presents an environment where you KNOW people are going to buy these phones, and you know people are going to be super-hungry for cool apps to put on those phones. I am in the process of writing 4 different apps for this platform. I’m going to have them in the Marketplace on the day it launches. And when people start using their brand-new phones, it MY apps that they’re going to buy.
What’s holding you back?
If I’ve sparked your interest about this stuff, download the free tools at http://developer.windowsphone.com. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how easy it is to get started.