Amidst Microsoft and Nokia, there're plent of news around Windows Phone developer platform, and interest in Windows Phone apps is picking up.
- First, Flurry report that the Nokia announcement had an apparent immediate effect on Windows Phone developers:
After the Feb. 11 deal, 4% of new app projects started were for WP, compared with 1% in the previous 4 days.
New projects for WP passed RIM's BlackBerry and now ranks third behind Apple's iOS and Google's Android, Flurry said. Microsoft, which agreed last week to have its WP software power Nokia handsets, is working to turn around market-share losses to Apple and Google. Apple leads in app projects, accounting for 69% of apps started in the 4 days since Feb. 11. Android had 25%. BlackBerry was fourth with 2%.
- Angry Birds, the hit game for Apple's iPhone will be coming to Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 -- at some point, if the lawyers don't get in the way. At the very least, developer Rovio is working on it. The companies had a dust-up last year when Microsoft prematurely posted an Angry Birds icon on the Windows Phone website. According to Pocket-Lint and Rovio's Peter Vesterbacka, it has been Microsoft and not Rovio who has been dragging their feet on getting Angry Birds to Windows Phone:
It's also our understanding that it has always been Microsoft holding up the launch of Angry Birds on the platform: "Let's just say, Microsoft has a lot of lawyers," he said.
- MSN Video for Windows Phone 7 is now available in Marketplace. The free app provides video clips from more than 40 popular sources, including Access Hollywood, Animal Planet, CNBC, Consumer Reports, Discovery, FOX Sports, HealthDay, Howcast, Kiplinger's, MSNBC, Stupid Videos, TODAY, and more.
MSN also unveiled a new mobile site for its popular MSN Lifestyle channel. Mobile MSN Lifestyle has articles and slideshows from publications such as Cosmopolitan, Esquire, InStyle, Redbook, Marie Claire, Good Housekeeping.
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- At MWC 2011, WPCentral captured some pretty strong hints that the next update for Windows Phone, code named Mango, may well include support for developing to TCP-IP sockets:
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