Microsoft Disputes Apple, Google App Numbers
April 5, 2011 10:16 AM
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Breaks out the ol' "quality over quantity" argument
Microsoft isn't too happy about the way its competitors Apple and Google tally the number of available apps for their respective platforms,
In a blog post, Windows Phone Director Brandon Watson accused the companies of conflating their app numbers by including questionable items in their counts. "What is an app? It's a question that really begs some scrutinizing," wrote Watson.
He claimed that there are now more than 11,500 apps available for the burgeoning Windows Phone 7 OS. "For us, from the beginning, we have always been focused on quality over quantity. We recognize the importance of getting great apps on our platform and not artificially inflating the number of actual apps available to customers by listing 'wallpapers' as a category, or perhaps allowing a competitor's apps to run on the platform to increase 'tonnage,'" he wrote.
The report by
claims that the figure pales in comparison to Apple's 350,000 available apps and Android's 30,000. (Note: The Android figure is either a typo or a misreport. Android's market
exceeded 100,000 apps six months ago
Either way, Microsoft isn't buying it. "We also don't believe in the practice of counting 'lite' apps as unique quality content. In reality they only exist because developers can't have a trial API and must therefore do extra work. Finally, we don't double and triple count apps which are submitted in multiple languages," wrote Watson.
Watson also boasted about the number of developers that WP7 has garnered (36,000 have registered), but made no mention of
Microsoft's declining mobile market share
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BELGIAN APPLE BUYERS BEWARE !!
4/5/2011 12:57:39 PM
Just a heads-up for all those who live in belgium and are planning to buy some Apple products: people always praise Apple customer services.
But in Belgium, things are not as rosy: Apple does not have stores in the country, they have "Associates". And they have a return policy VERY different from what I have read everywhere.
I have purchased an iPad 2, unfortunately it suffers from the "backlight bleeding" issue everyone has been talking about on the Apple Forums. (And, to those who doubt, yes it is a real issue. I like Apple products, but defects happen.)
So I went to exchange it, thinking: "Ok, I got a dud. No big deal. I'll get another one, and that will be the end of it."
Not possible, according to the store! They HAVE to send all Apple items for repair, and it takes 3 weeks to get a new one!
The guy in the Apple section of the store then had the nerve to tell me that I should have taken an AppleCare plan to get a replacement in 48 hours!
All that for a product that was defective right out of the box!!
So, if you are planning to buy apple gear, and live in Belgium... Watch out. NOT the same quality of service as in France, or elsewhere.
RE: BELGIAN APPLE BUYERS BEWARE !!
4/5/2011 1:32:26 PM
Hasn't Belgium been lacking a functional government for nearly a full year now? I think the moral of your story is: Don't live in Belgium.
RE: BELGIAN APPLE BUYERS BEWARE !!
4/5/2011 4:43:31 PM
No, I think the moral is: Belgian Waffles are delicious.
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