Trying to figure out just how successful - or not - Windows Phone 7 has been since it launched back in November has been tricky with Microsoft keeping sales figures very close its chest.
Today however, it has given us a whole array of other figures to pour over which detail how many people are part of the Windows Phone developer community and how many apps are now available. The blog post by Microsoft's Brandon Watson was written to help persuade developers to get on board the WP7 bandwagon by showing them just how many people believe it in. Watson says that there are currently 36,000 individuals and studios who are members of Windows Phone developer community with new members joining at a rate of 1,200 a week.
There are currently 11,500 apps available on the Marketplace, 7,500 of which are paid for apps with 1,100 of them using Microsoft's mobile advertising tools to generate revenues from in-app ads. WP7 users are downloading 12 apps per month on average but whether these are paid-for apps was not revealed. Of the 36,000 registered developers, only 40 percent have published apps so far, leaving a huge amount of them still waiting to publish. Watson said that the average time to certification is 1.8 days and that 62 percent of the apps pass first time.
"Based on the conversations we are having with some of our developers, many are telling us that they are seeing more revenue on our platform than competing platforms, despite the fact that we cannot yet match the sheer number of handsets being sold," Watson said. However, while we have no stats on how much revenue is being generated by the developers, it is hard to properly judge this claim.
Hopefully we will learn more about WP7 sales figures in a couple of weeks at Microsoftâ€™s MIX11 conference in Las Vegas, which starts on April 12.
Source: Windows Phone Developer Blog