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Microsoft details Windows Phone developer summit in June

WP Central

Microsoft has announced an upcoming Windows Phone developer summit, which will be held in San Francisco on June 20-21. The company is set to activate plans to attract more developers and big-name brands to the platform. One of the major complaints with Windows Phone is the lack of popular apps that are available on competitor platforms.

Microsoft has done a good job thus far with bringing companies to Windows Phone to build apps for consumers and broaden the Marketplace inventory. Some developers are even swayed without the software giant intervening - Windows Phone owners have proven to be a stubborn bunch when it comes to showing interest in a much desired port. DrawSomething is a good example of this with the community urging the developers to support Windows Phone.

What's interesting to note about this developer summit is that it's a week before Google I/O 2012, and is even in the same city. It would be a smart move for Microsoft to make it as convenient as possible for developers on other platforms to attend their Windows Phone event. Even if the attendees show no interest in building apps, for them to actually be present during the presentations could be enough to motivate the poor souls.

We'll of course be there for the event should you not be able to make it.

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dkp23 says:

Draw Something is dead...

dkp23 says:

only cost Zynga a bargain bin price of $180 million!

Peter McCain says:

Says who? I still have a hard time getting people to play Duudle

Or at least it will be by the time it gets ported to Windows Phone. No worry though, when WP8 comes out we'll be getting these kinds of apps at the same time, or nearly the same time as others. •fingers crossed•

Ton77 says:

I wouldn't play it anyways... Still would be a plus to know it's available

Bushybro says:

Good move Microsoft

mythos13 says:

I think this will be one of Microsoft's most important devloper conferences ever.

microsoftspy says:

It should be very edifying.

wildbohr says:

So I'm curious.. the media has been invited to the "Developer Summit" but I a developer, who pay for my subscription to publish apps for the platform haven't heard anything about this. Has Microsoft already invited a select group of developers or is dev invites pending?

AriesDog says:

They need to get Epocrates. It's a must have app for doctors, med students, and health industry workers. I know two doctors who won't even consider switching to WinPhone until it gets that app.

justop26 says:

I concur. I still got my Focus without having this app, though. Hope they do come sooner rather than later (been waiting for a year now...)

AriesDog says:

Comixology is my personal white whale of missing WinPhone apps.

JoseCortesP says:

Nokia Drive is way better. Yes, no social stuff, but better maps (at least here in Costa Rica)

argenys says:

Waze is confirmed to be coming very soon.

DaSchnee says:

I bet they also show Apollo for the first time there

siddharaj says:

anybody knws wer apollo comes in windows ???

blackhawk556 says:

Apollo must be shown here. Why would they hold an event for developers to talk about mango again???

futurix says:

The best strategy for Microsoft is to announce the APIs in June (hopefully full WinRT support) and withhold most new consumer features until much later.

A r i says:

How original. Can't hold an app market on your own so you have to LEACH on to Google's I/O. Just like Apple stores. Same old MSFT. And their conference was sold out in...oh wait, it didn't. Might want to lure audience with a free concert. Or something.

Giddora says:

You only come around as jealous. :-)

cae758 says:

I want Goodreads to come to WP7. I already contacted them about an app. If anyone else wants/uses Goodreads, please contact them to show interest.

Any news on when this will be open for general registration?