Yesterday Microsoft officially launched Windows Phone in China.
Besides this launch, Simon Leung, Micorosft´s China chief told also some interesting numbers to the unwiredview.com.
- the Marketplace is growing huge: 50.000 apps in December, passing 60.000 in January, now officially 70.000 apps!
- this means an average growth of 300 apps every day
- the Marketplace will extend to 28 additional market, so in summary it will be available on 63 markets in 2012
- more than 100.000 registered developers
But also with this great news, the quality of the apps has to be a big point to watch out. So let´s hope that Microsoft does have an eye on the quality also. No one need hundreds of different fart apps or torch apps.
All in all great news for our growing Windows Phone OS!
By the day of tomorrow (03/12/2012) user will be able to use the worldwide known streaming service Spotify here in Germamy.
“We think Germany is a perfect place for Spotify” says founder Daniel Ek to dpa (German news agency). “ There were several hurdles to iron out for a entry on the German market, but now we are in a good position” he said further.
Spotify has the huge amount of 16 million songs to choose from. The music is streamed over the internet and will not be stored locally.
Also BITKOM has welcomed the launch of Spotify in Germany. They are sure that Spotify will set huge changes in the way we consume music.
As I reported last year, the GEMA and BITKOM had finalized an agreement, which makes it easier to launch services like Spotify.
You can use Spotify with ads for free on your desktop. If you want to switch ads of, you will have to pay 4,99 Euro monthly fee. If you also want to use it on your mobile phone, you have to pay 9,99 Euro monthly, but you will also get an higher bitrate (360 KBits instead of 160). The pricing is moderate.
Surely you want to use on your Windows Phone or your PC. Spotify has official apps as well as third party apps.
So it is good to see another music service, but I am a bit sad about it. Zune Pass from Microsoft is still not available in Germany, and at the moment it seems that there is no plan to release from part of Microsoft.
Testing of app and service is currently running.
With the release of Windows Phone Mango Microsoft issued also two new Feedback programs.
First I want to have al look on the developer-part:
Microsoft created a userchoice.com-site for developers, which can be found here. Recently they extended the page with an dedicated app for Windows Phone.
Here are some shots:
You can vote for an existing topic or create a new one. For every topic you can give up to 3 votes, with a summary maximum of 10. There is a description which can be added to a topic. Also you can add your own comment on the topic. Check the shots below:
So if you are a developer, head over to the marketplace and download this app to give feedback to Microsoft.
Let´s have a look at the consumer part of the feedback program:
Here you can have a look on the page for the consumer feedback. The App for consumer looks very similar to the developer feedback app, as you can see on this shots:
Of course there is the same functionality for a topic as in the developer version: Give up to 3 votes for a topic, read or add a description as well as leave a comment:
So if you want to tell Microsoft what you want to have on your OS, head over to the marketplace an download the app right now.
There are some topics which are flagged with “started” on both the developer as well as the consumer feedback program. It seems really Microsoft hears to its customers.
Please provide feedback, only with this Microsoft will deliver those features we are waiting for!