Apps are vital to a modern smartphone platform’s fortunes. If Microsoft hopes to turn the corner with Windows Phone 7, it will need an unabated supply of quality apps. While it is way too early to pass a verdict on Windows Phone 7 Marketplace, the app store is looking well-stocked ahead of the US launch of smartphones running WinPho 7.
The app count has now breached the 1,000 app mark – Apple’s App Store debuted with 500 apps. But if Microsoft needed a reminder of the very long, treacherous road that lies ahead, the Android Market delivered it by crossing the 100,000 app mark just around the same time as when Microsoft’s app store reached its first milestone.
You'd normally expect two companies freshly locked in a legal battle to exchange barbs aplenty, but Microsoft and Motorola are only interested in trading friendly overtures at this stage. If you don't know already, MS recently sued Motorola for patent infringement related to the latter's Android phones.
This, however, did not deter Motorola co-Chief Executive Sanjay Jha from telling the Wall Street Journal that he was still open to collaboration between the two companies, even though he regretted the lawsuit.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer on Wednesday repaid the warmth in kind at a press conference organised by German industry association BitKOM. On being queried about the possibility of the two companies collaborating on phones running Windows Phone 7, Ballmer: “We are always exited to collaborate with anybody who wants to collaborate with us."