Microsoft’s Nokia Buy Doesn’t Impress App Developers
Unfortunately for Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), it doesn’t seem as if its $7.2 billion acquisition of Nokia’s (NYSE:NOK) devices and services unit has done much to convince developers to make apps for Windows Phone.
According to a report from Bloomberg, big developers like King.com and Smule Inc. have shunned the Windows platform in the past and will continue to do so unless Microsoft’s Windows Phone manages to eat away some of Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS and Google’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android smartphone operating system market share. Bloomberg sat down with King.com head of development Tommy Palm and Smule head Jeff Smith, both of whom said that the Nokia acquisition hasn’t changed their minds about designing for the Windows platform.
“With or without Nokia, Microsoft needs to demonstrate that they can capture a material segment of the mobile market,” Smith said in an interview with the news outlet. “We will wait and see.”