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Survey: Windows Mobile is Distant 3rd in Developers Preference

While interest in building apps for Windows Phone 7 is building, Microsoft is still far behind Apple and Google’s smartphone and tablet platforms, according to a private survey done by mobile development platform Appcelerator and research firm IDC. The two companies jointly surveyed 2,760 developers in April. In the survey researchers found that mobile developers prefer to build applications for the Apple iPhone and the Google Android, but lack interest in Windows Phone.

The Seattle Times reports, most developers who were “very interested” in developing applications for the iPhone, representing 91%, whereas 86% developers were very interested in developing for the iPad. Google’s Android operating system sparked an 85% interest while Google’s Android Tablets sparked a 71% interest. Coming in last place is none other than Microsoft’s own, WP, which 29% of developers said they would be interested in developing applications for the platform.

One of the interesting trends was a falloff in interest in building for Android tablets, after the CES in Jan ’11. “Now we’re in the shipping wave of Android tablets. That’s where things start getting experienced. Now we get the first set of reviews, they’re coming up with fair to, say, mixed reviews,” said Scott Schwarzhoff, of Appcelerator. “What we hear from our developer base on this’s that Microsoft has a window of opportunity in exploiting the issue that Android tablets are seeing today.”

The survey asked developers what they saw as the biggest threat to WP7, and 59% said the biggest threat is that Microsoft’s too far behind Apple and Google. The next biggest reason was that developers have their hands full with developing for Apple and Android.

The interesting thing to note is that these developers firmly believe that Microsoft’s partnership with Nokia could be a game-changer. This partnership gives the best chance of competition between Microsoft, Apple, and Google.

[Source: The Seattle Times]

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