Microsoft emits WinPhone seduction pack
Calling those abandoning the good ship Symbian
Microsoft has provided a selection of guides showing how easy it can be to code for Windows Phone, including API maps and help with porting existing Qt applications.
The free tool pack follows similar efforts to seduce iOS and Android developers, though none are as generous as the free handset offer that Microsoft's Brandon Watson made to (published) WebOS developers in an ill-judged tweet.
Symbian developers will have to content themselves with a 100-page porting guide, and a helpful tool showing how painstakingly learned Qt API calls map to those within Windows Phone.
The effort isn't very surprising, but it is reminder of just how good Microsoft is at addressing the needs of developers. That is the skill which made Windows the default desktop platform, and now Redmond is pouring every effort into achieving the same thing with Windows Phone.
Even the most cynical would have to admit that Windows Phone has a rosier future than Symbian, and the recent patent disputes besetting Android are making Microsoft's place in mobile telephony evermore assured, so learning a little XNA might not do any harm. ®
re: that Windows Phone has a rosier future than Symbian
Please stop this anti-Symbian propaganda!
As long as Winphone phone's can't record phone calls I won't buy them. The same for Android, blackberry, bada, Brew OS, Meego and iOS phones.
Not everybody wants numerous screens filled with flat icons with rounded corners or flashy animations with big weather clocks. Some of us NEED real functionality. Call-recording is one of MY NEEDS. Calling quality and reception is another need (preferably without putting a condom over my head or phone). Oh and a proper file manager would be nice too... and while we're at it.
My WIFI network uses a hidden SSID, care to fix that too MICRISOFT!
iPhone, Android, Windows, Symbian
iPhone has to have about the worst dev environment ever which makes developing apps a serious pain in the backside
Android changes too much to be worth doing much with
Windows has no market share to speak of, though is the simplest of all the dev environments
Symbian was the best OS around just rather smothered by a not especially good UI layer and let down by a bunch of useless marketting idiots who couldn't sell a bottle of water in the middle of a desert. The marketting department should be shot. Carbunkle was not brilliant, still better than Apples offering.
Should be an easy learing curve.
Having had a bit of a play with developing on Windows 7 Phone. I wouldn't think it would be difficult for any Qt developers to pick up. On the whole I'd say its much easier, and for those that started on native Symbian its should be trivial.