Originally Posted by wizard69
I have to disagree with this totally. Developers where presuring Apple for a real SDK before the first Touches even where of the boat. Developers saw this brilliant platform and instantly want on board.
How can you say that?
While developers were interested in an SDK for the phone and touch, there wouldn't have been nearly as many developers on board as there were once Apple had sold over 8 million of the things when the SDK first came out.
Similar to Apple all MS needs to do is to debut a product that grabs developer attention. If the SDK is truely innovative and provides for a good user experience developers will be on board with the first device.
MS has announced that programs for the Zune HD will be free, at least for the foreseeable future. That's really going to excite developers. Ms has been cagy about third party developer support, so we'll have to see what happens there.
Here's one quote:
Pinero (of Microsoft) says that an internal team will manage app approval and that the emphasis here will be on quality over quantity.
You know what that really means. They don't expect to get many apps for the Zune.
Actually they will do what most business do. That is evaluate the opportunity and determine if it is worth the gamble. In a nut shell every new app is a gamble even on iPhone/Touch.
It's a vastly bigger gamble when there are no sales for the current product, and past sales for the older ones hardly added up.
I think it is more of a case of developers recognizing Pre as a piece of junk with a crap development platform.
It's developers counting the Pre's sales and figuring that there aren't enough for them to cover development costs for themselves, much less make a profit.
There's power in the numbers.
It doesn't have to sell any. This is an important reality, developers will flock to a platform that inspires them. For confirmation look at all of the Linux platforms that hardly sell at all but yet have developers.
No they won't.
Developers will want to make money, or at least, fame.
Sure, a few developers might find something to love, but most are far more livelihood oriented than that.