I apologize in advance for the incredible tease: we don’t have an application on the way. So a little over nine months after we reported Windows Phone’s Marketplace hitting 10,000 apps, Microsoft reports that they’ve quintupled that amount. While my feelings for the platform have softened in the face of aggressive competition and a better supported, multi-platform music service, I’d still own one as a second phone around the same time that my pimp cane and solid gold gloves arrive. Unfortunately, Microsoft still has a long way to go to convince people that the iOS and Android libraries (which are roughly ten times larger) are worth a pass and provide more games worthy of making this the portable Xbox they never made. Aside from the other issues that they have with Windows Phone, Microsoft also has to work harder to make third-party apps work better on the OS, which shouldn’t be an issue considering the hardware is virtually identical across the board. Still, as Mango allows more developers the ability to put more glanceable information on the Start screen (through Live Tiles), it hints at something so much greater than they’ve done so far.
All the best to ya Microsoft, maybe when you stop restricting the hardware so much, I’ll dive in!