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As the year draws to a close, I can’t help but reflect on what we’ve accomplished together in 2012. Our big goal this year was to establish a new, scalable platform on the phone and in the cloud upon which we can better achieve our mission: to provide a confident, convenient and customized app experience for our customers across the world, and enable developers to rapidly innovate and realize opportunity.
We literally set a new foundation this year with the deployment of all-new infrastructure – new client platform, new developer toolset, new Dev Center, new catalog infrastructure, and all-new global service. I know transitions can be frustrating, but it is now complete and customers and developers are already beginning to reap the benefits with a better app and store experience, faster performance and more robust tools.
Focus on customer experience
As a direct result of our investments, Windows Phone customers now download, buy, and use more apps than at any time since we first launched Windows Phone 7 two years ago. On average Windows Phone users have downloaded 54 apps each to personalize their phone experience around the people and information they care about most. This high and growing level of customer engagement reflects our focus on 3 key customer promises:
Create opportunity for developers
The release of the new developer platform for Windows Phone 8 and its shared core with Windows 8 significantly expands the opportunity for innovation, customer reach and monetization for developers across the globe. Even though Windows Phone 8 just started shipping in the last 7 weeks and most developers are still creating new or updated Windows Phone 8 apps, we have already seen an increase in developer revenue month over month, up 40% in the 30 days since the SDK release. We anticipate that to grow with new hardware sales and as apps with the new capabilities like in-app purchase begin to reach customers. Our commitment to creating opportunity for developers is focused on 3 key tenets:
We exit 2012 with a new foundation firmly in place, a huge expansion in developer opportunity, and a great new product in Windows Phone 8, which is receiving acclaim by both industry and consumers. There has never been a better time to develop for Windows Phone. If you haven’t already, we’d like to invite you to visit the Dev Center to download the new SDK and for those of you who have made the journey with us, I want to say thank you on behalf of the entire Windows Phone team. Your feedback drives us and your apps inspire us.
Thank you and Happy New Year!
Glad to hear that, at least now Windows Phone start to be a competitor of iOS and Android.
But, When I see large custom apps developed by Nokia, Samsung or HTC. Seems WP does not have consistent default apps features. You have to keep old features still exist on the future of new WP update. Not, removing the old one but only adding or improving! Again, not removing. But adding/improving. For example, the support of old SIM Card Toolkit/Application (USSD) or MMS, Call Diverting, Forwarding etc..
Please get more dependent from 3rd party apps. If possible, please acquired some good apps and make it as default apps or features in the next WP release.
I am a Windows user since Pocket PC (Compaq) and then Windows Mobile (Treo 750 & Pro) dan leaving for Palm Treo 600, 650, 680, then go WebOS (Pre & Veer), then go get Android (Ginger, ICS, JB), and finally try to catch a new WP7 and WP8 over the Lumia 820. I switch back to WP since watching and feel the dramatic amazing performance/speed from Lumia 800. From here, I see WP has a good future. And I hope the 2012 reflecting all the better future, better support and better customer oriented, not MS oriented!! :)
that's nice and all.. but that only apply to US store, for example the Kuwait store for Windows Phone 8 doesn't even have the official twitter app, and the app selection there is way too limited, i wish there is an easy way to switch store region so that we can download apps like in android/iOS from other markets such as US/EU
AppHub was a disaster with many bugs and timeouts.
Current DevCenter has still visible bugs and timeouts. It is not well designed and not comprehensible.
couple of examples:
1) There is no option to add release notes when I submit an update so users don't know what's new and why they should download the update. This is something basic.
2) Since WP8 is not backward compatible with WP7 there is a need to handle multiple xap files and it is not done well on DevCenter: i.e. when I update one of the 2 xaps - both xaps are submitted and the UI is not comprehensible.
3) Animated UI during upload doesn't give any indication on the upload progress and adds a lot of clutter especially when devs work from virtual machines, etc.
My rating for 2012 for DevCenter for WP is 2/10
Many of those Apps are already working in Windows Phone, and many more yet to come. Lets b hopeful.http://www.bankinfoonline.com/
Browsing the WP appstore reviews I cannot help but notice how buggy and non-working many apps seem to be. This is a real danger, how can buggy apps get through to the store? There is nothing more frustrating than software that doesn't work. I suspect there has been a hurry to get apps to the store to compete with Apple and Android, but quality has suffered, and that is a big mistake.
I like WP.I like to make a feedback. I want see a better page navigation within an app. Can it be so that if a user presses and hold the back button for few seconds within an app he or she should see all the pages of that app that he has visited or navigated.
A little for you to sell more devices
first the 7 million post when you(jim) killed xna and silverlight
more silverlight ,, all these people talk to frinds and farmely ,,
do not buy windows 8
and the licens you have sold is to OEM ,, no really people
thay are in some warehose som where
and yes you claim you have sold 400 million ,, well there where no compatision
but there are now,,
i now you read all my posts here ,, go back you where killed by amazon , and nexus 7
your tablet was 150 to high on price,, allso when you sell a product to normal people , NOT OEM
people wood like to now the price and where to order , or taking pre orders over the web
big mistake you did , no one cood order your tablet, not even online
here is the deal
YOUR STOCK WILL START TO FALL TO AROUND 9 DOLLARS IN THE COMMING MONTH
this is what happen when you abaonden developers, and kill frameworks , wicth work perfect well
let the the phone 8 ,, nothing new NOT SOFTWARE REVELUTION at all
you just renamed silverlight
xna hidef profile ,, is directx 9.c and you called now directx 11,, bad mistake
upgrade the xna framework to hidef and let us run it on your phones
allso make a public apology to developers , blame it on steven sinofsky,, and his team andy lee
do you now how manny small town developers you have bankrupt in trick them into a BETA TEST of you products
just to get dump to side of the road
i bet when the numbers come out THERE HAS BEEN SOLD MORE LUMIA 800 AND 900 PHONE , THAN WINDOWS 8 PHONES
now you listen ,, when your new xbox come out it will fail ,, the cost of making these games are to high
compared to wat normal people are playing,, on android and ipad,iphone
the market will be verry small ,, and with all the shooting,, a law will prevent this
here is the trick ,, US WILL RUN OUT OF CELUAR BANDWIDTH IN 2015 ,, with the speed that android and apple are unlocking there devices
and just the othere day in denmark "elgiganten" i was lokking at some windows 8 devices
thay are to theck and heavy compared to google chromebooks, and apple products
and the price iin over 1000 dollars for a labtop
well the chromebook in around 250 to 350 dollars,, the apple stuff is around 1000 dollars
then people buy apple, QUALITY
the world is in a recession and that is the problem,,
make a public apology to developers
and say you will contunie to support and upgrade XNA AND SILVERLIGHT
AND ALLOW XNA AND SILVERLIGHT GAMES IN THE WINDOWS STORE , WINDOWS PHONE 8
AND THE BROWSER AS WELL
AND YOU WILL SEE THE SALS GO UP..
a salat on the side ,,
the big mistake on getting developers on bord ,,
you shood never have put xbox live on the phones ,,
normal small town developers can not compeate with this,, and when you search the tablet and phone
you allways present the xboxlive games ,, big mistake
xbox live is for consoles,,ONLY
and we all now ,, it is just matter of time before you got to pay a xbox live few just to play games on phones and tablets
that is allso why people do not buy the phone and tablet
the world is in a recession
if you called it xbox live , but the games can not delever the quality that is need it
sony has called these mini games , a work around ,, but there shares are allso falling
allso people will not buy phone and tablets , games ,,
becourse you and EXLUSIVE DEAL ,, not all the apps are avilibe to all
they are on apple and android
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