So I am assuming you read the 'Dataquest Insight: Application Stores; The Revenue Opportunity Beyond the Hype' Gartners new report on App/Mkt place. To summarize, this report says by the end of 2011 the App Marketplace will generate revenues north of $15 Billion USD. It also goes on to speak about how the tipping point occurred in 2010 with Android and Apple market places taking the lead, And it goes as far as saying that by 2014 – the market place will generate revenues up to $58 Billion dollars. That’s a 10x increase from 2010. Impressive, certainly! Over-optimistic and callous, a little bit of both – yes!
So developers, there are 58 billon reasons for you to develop the next greatest app! From that perspective my team has built this awesome content to help you get started. As always, your feedback would help us deliver quality content in the future. Please feel free to send the information to me via my blog.
*NEW* 6 Windows Phone Virtual Labs (released 01/25)
Quickly evaluate or learn how to build great applications for Windows Phone through a series of guided, hands-on labs for which can be completed in 90 minutes or less. The best part is, the MSDN Virtual Labs don’t require any installation and are available to you immediately for FREE. Start by selecting the lab you’re interested in from the list below.
We all need a ready reckoner for those awesome features WP7 has to offer. Here’s an awesome compile that our partners and colleagues at www.msdev.com have put together. Please note that these are all bite sized videos that help you learn fast!
For Android & iPhone Developers:
As you know we are now accepting new applicants for the Windows Phone 7 Developer MVP Program. If you or anyone you know excels in WP7 development, engages often with the breadth community (developer, consumer, forums, etc) or is simply passionate about helping and working with the community – contact us. You can send me the details via my blog (or tweet me for more details – @mithund)
$99 Windows Phone Marketplace Rebate
Get a $99 rebate for your Marketplace fee when you successfully publish two Windows Phone 7 apps that are profiled in the Windows Phone 7 Developer Program (Microsoft Platform Ready for WP7) and in the Marketplace by February 15th, 2011.*
*Offer good only in the 50 United States (includes D. of C.) to profiled users (new and existing) of both the Windows Phone 7 Developer Program, (which is located at phone.microsoftplatformready.com and create.msdn.com/ready), and the Windows Phone Marketplace, having paid the $99 Marketplace fee. Registrants must use the same LiveID registered with Marketplace as the Windows Phone 7 Developer Program. Offer good until Feb 15, 2011 for companies or individuals to successfully publish two Windows Phone 7 applications to Windows Phone Marketplace. This offer is non-transferable. Limit one rebate per company or individual. Taxes, if any, are the sole responsibility of the recipient. Microsoft is committed to complying with government gift and ethics rules and therefore government entities and employees are not eligible for this offer. Please allow 6-8 weeks for processing of your rebate. Any rebate returned as non-deliverable will not be re-sent.
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