Below you can find an update on the Windows Phone 7 developer uptake in Belgium. Before going over to that part I’d like to highlight some announcements made yesterday during Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. During the Microsoft keynote several announcements were made around what the rest of the year brings to Windows Phone 7.
Here’s the highlighted list of expected features, in which I highlight those that developers will find most exciting:
Read full press release: Microsoft Shows New Features and Future Direction as Momentum Builds for Windows Phone 7
Following is a cross-posting from Luc Van de Velde’s blog post Windows Phone Developer ecosystem picking up in Belgium
Since the introduction of Windows Phone 7 end of October we’ve seen a steady uptake of the platform by developers worldwide. With more than 28.000 registered developers, 8000 apps and games (roughly 500+ newly published apps and games per week) and thousands in the make, the platform is growing rapidly in popularity.
In Belgium we’ve seen a growing enthusiasm amongst developers to port exiting apps and exclusively build apps for the Windows phone platform. With 300 registered developers (60 companies and 240 individuals) we’re good for 80 published applications and games from Belgium, with hundreds more in development and to be released in the next coming months.
This developer enthusiasm is driven by 3 factors:
A few examples of Belgian apps and app builders:
Microsoft Innovation Center
From March to May 2011, the MIC launches second wave of calls for projects on Windows 7 Phone to encourage any developer, student or business to develop one or more applications in WP7. The MIC supports candidates in developing their projects by providing free training, coaching, visibility and offering the possibility of obtaining low cost Phones for development purposes. In this call for project the priority will be given to applicants who submit project ideas on the "culture and tourism" theme. Application mails can be send to David Hernie.