In comparison to the number of apps available through Apple's App Store, Microsoft's repository is lacking. This is likely to change, though, as more people start to pick up WP7-based smartphones. And as we've discussed in the past, Microsoft revealed a more aggressive smartphone plan at Mobile World Congress that should help encourage development on its platform.
Furthering the company's cause, already-modest minimum hardware specifications to run WP7 are even lower now. This purportedly increases Microsoft's potential customer base by 60 percent, and, based on estimates provided by Qualcomm (graph above), Windows Phone/Mobile is expected to overtake BlackBerry within the next two years.
Although Microsoft's app selection could certainly be better, the current ecosystem shouldn't leave you wanting. The most popular apps found on Android and iOS are also found on WP7, including Facebook, YouTube, Shazam, Slacker Radio, Twitter, Angry Birds, Netflix, Adobe Acrobat, GasBuddy, Air Hockey, and Skype.
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- The Basics: Navigation And Bing Searches
- Bing Services: Local Scout, Music, Vision, Speech
- Page Orientation: Portrait And Lanscape
- Keyboard Layout And Text Input
- Touch Gestures And Multitasking
- Internet Explorer, Email, And Calendar
- Maintaining Contacts, Calling, And Messaging
- Multimedia: Music, Videos, And Pictures
- Document Management In Mobile Office
- Marketplace And Xbox Live
- Syncing: Windows And Mac
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