Sure, Windows Phones are a distant third (or fourth, I’m not sure where Blackberry ranks) in popularity to the iPhone and Android, but don’t brush it aside just yet – the top app developers aren’t. That’s right, Windows Phone 8 was officially released yesterday and many of the top developers have been busy optimizing (and testing!) their best apps in preparation for the new device. In fact, 46 of the top 50 most used mobile apps are already available for Windows Phone 8. “That’s huge progress for us,” said Joe Belfiore, Microsoft Windows Phone Program Manager, said during yesterday’s release. presentation. Here’s what you can expect from the Windows Phone marketplace (which sports 120,000 apps) (from CNET):
Microsoft has been working closely with app developers to get them to revise and publish apps for the latest version of the software giant’s handset operating system, Belfiore said. That includes popular programs like Facebook, Twitter, Words With Friends, Angry Birds, Temple Run, and Urban Spoon.
Windows Phone 8 will also have a new version of Skype specifically for the OS that’s built to integrate naturally with the software. …
The company has faced criticism over the dearth of apps available for Windows Phone, but it has been pushing developers to offer more programs. It’s likely to remain a big focus for Microsoft in coming months and years as it expands its presence in the handset market.
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Pandora is due to launch on Windows Phone 8 next year and the market is sure to keep growing as smaller developers get access to the device’s SDK (they were shut out before the launch to protect the secrecy of some new features).