Well, here’s one possible reason why Microsoft’s been bribing developers to port apps to its mobile operating system. Following a Windows Phone 7 demonstration put on by the company, one reporter wrote an article and characterized the whole thing as a “disaster” right in the title.
Galen Gruman spent three pages going over the system’s faults and problems, and of course, for the sake of both saving your time and not plagiarizing the article, we won’t repeat all that. On to the key point, then.
Gruman wrote, “No caveats now: Windows Phone 7 is a waste of time and money. It’s a platform that no carrier, device maker, developer, or user should bother with. Microsoft should kill it before it ships and admit that it’s out of the mobile game for good. It is supposed to ship around Christmas 2010, but anyone who gets one will prefer a lump of coal.”
This should cause developers to seriously rethink their plans. If Microsoft’s “port payments” are significant, then so be it, but otherwise, it’s hard to see how developing apps for Windows Phone 7 will benefit everybody if Gruman’s opinion turns out to be the norm.
Perhaps other people will think better of Windows Phone 7, though.