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The next app developer to hit big will be on Windows, predicts Steve Ballmer

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The next app developer to hit big will be on Windows, predicts Steve Ballmer
It's not a proper Microsoft press conference if Steve Ballmer doesn't show up.

And, let's face it, these days a Nokia press conference is a Microsoft press conference in drag.

So it was that Nokia's announcement of updates to its Lumia range - the impressive 920 and the more mass market 820 - was bookended with the appearance of Microsoft's CEO.

Talking about Windows 8 strategy, he remains bullish how Microsoft's weight in the traditional PC will transfer to tablets and phones; something that Windows Phone 7 did not accomplish.

"I bet the next app developer to hit it big will be on Windows 8," Ballmer stated, pointing to what he expects to be its impact in terms of the app ecosystem.

Long march

But Windows Phone remains in a long distant third place behind iOS and Android in terms of user numbers at present.

Nokia and Microsoft are looking to kickstart developer support with a range of competitions and paid-for porting and marketing deals.

In that context, also announced at the press conference was a nine month exclusive deal for The World of Red Bull app, and three month exclusive deals for the Angry Birds Roost hub app and the new Bloomberg hub app.

"The ecosystem has achieved exponential growth over the past 18 months, and Nokia has been working closely with developers to create unique and innovative apps," said Marco Argenti, SVP, Nokia Developer Experience.

"With new opportunities to innovate around features such as PureView camera technology, NFC and the integration of Nokia Maps, we look forward to developers creating their next generation app experiences, and partnering with Nokia to achieve success locally and globally."
Contributing Editor

A Pocket Gamer co-founder, Jon is Contributing Editor at PG.biz which means he acts like a slightly confused uncle who's forgotten where he's left his glasses. As well as letters and cameras, he likes imaginary numbers and legumes.

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