Microsoft has now announced that ever since Windows Phone 8 launched, app submissions have been up by 40%. Yes, you read that correctly.
So what’s to account for this big change? Probably quite a few things. First off, the Nokia Lumia 920 and HTC 8X have been selling quite well so far. Beyond that though, it has to do with programming apps in Windows Phone 8.
Porting existing Windows 8, Android and iOS apps to Windows Phone 7 was and still is a chore. Luckily, Windows Phone 8 gets the process right. Many bigger name companies are finally taking notice of Windows Phone 8, and one of the big reasons is that converting an app is easier than ever.
Regardless of the reason behind the surge in app submissions, Microsoft has now cut back its holiday vacation time for Windows Phone 8 certifiers. Microsoft affirms that it will keep full staff for the rest of the holiday season, making it easier for developers to get their apps in.
That said, the submission process will still take the regular 5 days. Not surprisingly, the Windows Phone Store employees won’t be working on December 24th, 25th and January 1st. Microsoft recommends that all submissions be made by December 17th if developers want them to arrive by the 1st of January, 2013.
Interestingly enough, the same situation doesn’t apply to the Windows Store. Microsoft will be cutting back staff for the holidays and will have limited times for taking in submissions for new Windows 8 apps.
While Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 are both growing in app count, what about quality? Do you feel that Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 have high-quality apps overall, or not?[ source ]