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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, Information Week reports.

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 Information Week 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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RE: The problem is that...
By Tony Swash on 4/5/2011 5:42:33 PM , Rating: 0
toman on April 5, 2011 at 1:43 PM

Maybe - but no having apps or having a tiny number is indicative of a problem and will be seen as a product weakness by consumers.

...that's because consumers are gullible and easily mislead by marketing BS. And then they buy Bose, Apple, and Monster Cable products.

That's a lot of apps and if people didn't need them or like or if they were useless do you really think they would keep buying them in that number?

Yes. See above.

Developers are in it for the money....

Of course they are. And no one ever goes broke with a business model that depends on consumers being gullible and easily swayed by marketing BS. See above.

The success of such things is in no way indicative of any virtue. It's indicative of the failures of the consumer base.

So basically your position is that everyone else, tens of millions of people, are stupid and you are not.

You know what that makes you sound like don't you :)

This is just a wild guess - but I am guessing you are not the CEO or founder of a successful enterprise.

RE: The problem is that...
By Motoman on 4/5/2011 6:33:26 PM , Rating: 2
Let's see - yet another appeal to popularity. When are you going to learn?

Easily understandable example of the fallacy of the appeal to popularity: Christianity and Islam.

Just to keep numbers simple, let's assume that there are 1 billion Christians in the world, and 1.5 billions Muslims.

...that is a LOT of people. Either of those religions is HUGELY popular. To hell with your "millions" - we're talking billions.

AT THE VERY LEAST, one billion people are wildly, hopelessly, irrevocably wrong about what ostensibly is the most important issue ever in the universe...which religion to choose in order to preserve your eternal soul. The penalty for choosing wrongly is the worst penalty eternity in hell - and the prize for choosing correctly is the best prize imaginable - spending eternity in heaven.

And yet, at a bare minimum, a billion people are wrong! But according to your logic, well, they just can't be now can they? How could a billion people be wrong?

Think about that. Even just at the level of those 2 religions - never mind all the other ones. Or the effective certainty that all of them are wrong.

There's your appeal to popularity for you. Hell, even the ratings here on DT don't mean anything - my rating as of right now is 2.42...which all in all is probably pretty darned good, especially when you consider the number of posts I've made. HOWEVER...that rating is no guarantee that I am necessarily speaking the truth - it simply indicates that more often than not, my opinions tend to be popular. Popular does not necessarily equal truth.

Now give it up. Popularity means jack sh1t.

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