Microsoft just wrapped up the keynote at its Windows Phone Summit down in San Francisco with the announcement that its Windows Phone Marketplace has reached the milestone of 100,000 published apps.
In addition, the company said that Zynga will be bringing its popular games “Words with Friends” and “Draw Something” to Windows Phone later this year, further bolstering the catalog for the Microsoft-powered devices.
That’s good news for Windows Phone users, but it’s still well behind the release of those games for Android and iPhone. The real milestone will come when or if Microsoft is able to see the release of hit games simultaneously with other platforms, if not before them. We also saw this with the release of Rovio’s Angry Birds Space earlier this year for practically every tech platform except Windows Phone.
Maybe it’s time for Windows Phone to take a page out of the Xbox 360 playbook, using the company’s financial clout to negotiate a level playing field, in addition to exclusive bonus content.
The app announcements concluded a big day for the company, with the news that Windows Phone 8, due for release later this year, will share a common core with Windows 8, the next version of Microsoft’s operating system for PCs.
More details from the presentation in this earlier post.