Microsoft Says 36,000 Developers Have Paid to Join its WP7 Platform

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A year after Microsoft showed off the tools apps developers could use to develop software for the Windows Phone 7 platform the company says that over 1.5 million developer tools consisting of Visual Studio Express for Windows Phone and Expression Blend 4 for Windows Phone have been downloaded.

Although the company said that 1.5 million downloads had taken place, it put much more store on the 36,000 people who have paid to join the AppHub community of Windows Phone developers.

Out of that, some 11,500 apps have been made available, although the company noted that it doesn't count so-called "lite" apps such as wallpapers and the like.

According to a blog post on the Microsoft website, based on the conversations they are having with some of the developers, many are apparently saying that they are seeing more revenue on the WP7 platform than competing platforms, despite the fact that it cannot yet match the sheer number of handsets being sold. For them it's about setting their own price and the ability to get noticed.

So far, there are nearly 7,500 apps that are either paid in the App Marketplace.

The company will be showing off the next upgrade to its developer tools at MIX11 starting April 12th.

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