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Microsoft exec vows to end Windows Phone app gap by ‘end of 2014’

Updated Nov 20th, 2013 5:35PM EST
Microsoft Windows Phone Missing Apps

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When should you expect to see every major app released on iOS and Android to also get released on Windows Phone? According to Microsoft’s Windows Phone boss Joe Belfiore, the company will have completely eliminated its app gap with rival platforms by “the end of 2014.” Writing on his Twitter account, Belfiore has been crowing recently about Microsoft getting big-name apps such as Instagram and Flipboard while proclaiming on Wednesday that “the 3rd ecosystem is decidedly here!”

Windows Phone has showed some definite momentum throughout 2013 and has soundly beaten out BlackBerry for the No. 3 spot in the mobile operating system market. The big hope for the company is that it can build up enough market share where it no longer has to chase down app developers because up-and-coming developers will want to build apps for Windows Phone just as much as they want to build apps for iOS and Android.

Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.