As we enter the final month of a very busy first quarter of 2011, I thought I’d take this opportunity to update developers on the status of the Windows Phone Marketplace and share some news. There are many ways to measure the vitality of a marketplace and I’m pleased to report that we’re seeing strong results across several fronts; from the number of available apps and popularity of our tools, to more tangible developer benefits stemming from monetization opportunities that drive downloads and sales. And of course, our recently announced partnership with Nokia represents a big step forward in our efforts to create a vibrant ecosystem for developers. To show that we’re taking feedback seriously, I’ll also touch on a few policy shifts we’ve either implemented recently or will address in the coming weeks.
An Update on Windows Phone Marketplace; new tips, policies and regional access program