For the past few decades, developers have always gravitated towards Microsoft’s operating system while Apple’s Mac OS X was previously an afterthought. The tables seem to have turned with the release of tablets though. Apple’s App Store seems to have the highest quality apps for iPhones and iPads while Microsoft has been struggling to get developers to create apps for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. In an effort to keep up with competition, Microsoft is now trying to woo popular iOS developers over to Microsoft.
According to The Technology Review, Microsoft has invited many developers over to the Microsoft campus in Mountain View, California in an attempt to lure them to make apps for Windows 8 tablets and desktop computers. As of right now, while Apple’s App Store boasts 700,000 apps, the Microsoft Windows Store only has 100,000 apps. Microsoft has held multiple development sessions over two days at their campus to give developers a better grasp on how to make apps for the Windows Store. On the stage, a developer answered questions such as whether a button can be placed on a tile for users to press (it cannot) and which colors are the best for an app’s tile (bright colors seem to be the best and gradients are not allowed). According to founder of iOS app development company Radtastical, Tim Burks had the following to say:
For iOS developers that attended the event, Microsoft’s overtures seemed to be working, partly because of Microsoft’s traditional focus on supporting developers.
Fortunately for Microsoft, many developers ended up attending the meetings, and many of them said that developing for Windows 8 was alluring because the market isn’t as saturated as the App Store. Fortunately for developers, most that already have popular apps on iOS would likely be popular on Windows 8 as well once they’re ported over. According to another developer who attended “it’s a lot easier to get lost in iOS world because there are a million apps out there.” If Microsoft can win over developers for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8, the platform might have a chance at competing in the mobile platform wars.
We’ll have to see how things end up going forward.
Source: The Technology Review via iDownloadBlog