It is a rainy Sunday morning here in London today. Well, to be fair, it’s pretty much raining everywhere in England today. So as I sat in my office, catching up on news and other bits-and-bobs, I read an article over at Computing UK where Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore outlines how developers are coming to Windows Phone in larger numbers as the platform starts to gain momentum. In it he states:
“If you’re a super high-end early adopter of apps, it’s probably not the best platform choice for you, but if you’re not … we see tons of people who are highly satisfied with it.
“As Windows 8.1 in general increases its volume, we see more and more software developers getting engaged on that platform, and that addresses the app gap,” he added.
That’s a pretty powerful statement. It is a bit of an admission but also a bit of forward thought on how Windows Phone apps are gaining momentum as the platform itself gains momentum.
After reading the article, it got me thinking about my own change from iOS to Windows Phone. What apps am I missing in my day-to-day life? I somewhat expected myself to come up with a laundry list. That was, after all, why I left Windows Phone three years ago. The app gap was more like an app canyon at that point. The result was surprising. I ended up with only two apps out of my daily life that I really do miss from my iOS days. The number of apps I have installed on my Windows Phone? 61.
Effectively I proved in my own world-centered-on-Clinton that the Windows Phone app gap is shrinking. Fast.