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Reuters By Agency Windows phones accounted for just 3 per cent of global smartphone sales last year, compared with about 81 per cent for devices with Google's Android system and 15 per cent for Apple and its iOS system, according to research firm IDC.
One reason is that Windows doesn't run as many or as attractive apps as its rivals. To boost sales of its phones and new operating system, Microsoft said last month that it would provide tools to software developers to make it easier to design apps for Windows based on apps that run on Android or Apple.
But because so few people use a Windows phone, most developers remain focused on the more popular systems and don't see a need to develop apps for Windows.
They also said they doubt how easy the new tools will be to use. For Microsoft, the world's biggest software company, there's a lot at stake this summer as it rolls out Windows 10, the first operating system designed to run on PCs, tablets and phones.
If developers don't embrace the new platform, it will seriously damage the prospects of the new operating system, which Microsoft hopes will power one billion devices in two or three years. Interviews with more than a dozen developers found just one planning to move an app from Apple or Android to Microsoft.
Eight developers said they aren't planning to develop for Windows 10 at all. Four who already have Windows apps said they would continue to do so. Because Microsoft hasn't actually unveiled its new set of tools to turn apps into a Windows format, developers did not rule out any move, and a Microsoft spokesman said that "it is still early" and many software companies want to explore the tools over the coming months.
More and better apps might attract more people to buy a Windows phone or tablet, Microsoft reasons. Only six of the top 10 free apps on iPhone are available for Windows phone, and of those, two are made by Microsoft itself. In the past Microsoft has paid developers to create Windows apps.
Failure to attract the apps would not be fatal for Microsoft, which is growing more reliant on its Office, server software and cloud computing services, but it would be a sign that Microsoft is losing its hold on personal computing, in a world where phones are expected to outsell PCs by more than six to one by Because of that trend, "it's going to be hard for developers to prioritize building for Microsoft," said John Milinovich, Chief Executive of URX, a mobile ad service that creates links between apps.
Windows, closely tied to the stagnant PC market, is a big but static business for Microsoft. Even though only a handful of developers have been allowed a sneak preview of the new tools Microsoft says it's preparing, most doubt it will be easy to take iOS and Android apps to Windows.
Concerns include how the Windows app will use batches of pre-written software, called libraries, that an app needs to run, and the prospects that Apple's new language, called Swift, may soon eclipse the current one.
Erik Rucker, head of mobile at Smartsheet, which makes an online tool to manage projects, said he doesn't plan a Windows app version. He doubts tweaking an iPad or iPhone app for Windows would be simple.
For Jason Thane, general manager at General UI, a mobile app developer based in Seattle, the cost of developing a Windows app from another system would need to fall to about 10 per cent to 20 per cent of the cost of building it. Last year Pinterest pulled its Windows Phone test app, and this year Chase and Bank of America stopped supporting Windows phone apps, saying few customers were affected.
None of those companies would comment on plans for Windows Microsoft does have some loyal supporters. But instead of reusing code from its existing Windows apps, or porting from Apple or Android, the development team opted to start fresh.
The best experience was always going to be achieved with tools made for a given software system, said Christopher Kamsler, manager of mobile development at Gannett, and even with those his team had to tweak the app to work for different sized devices.
It's an uphill battle for Microsoft, said Frank Gillett, an analyst at tech research firm Forrester.Windows Phone was a break from Microsoft's previous platform, Windows Mobile, which meant apps wouldn't carry forward.
So developers wouldn't bother making apps for Windows Phone. The success of Windows 10 still depends on them and Microsoft is trying to encourage them to use its new "Universal Windows Apps" platforms. Write an app for Windows 10 and it can be run on all Windows 10 devices, which includes PCs, tablets, phones, Xbox and, perhaps, Hololens.
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