So anyone that reads my Tweets probably sees me banging on about my game Space Jelly Jump. It’s a little Phonegap experiment. Plugged again. Anyways, it’s on Android and iOS and I had a crack at pushing it to Windows Phone last week.
Unfortunately, Microsoft threw up so many walls it’s just totally not worth it.
The first wall – software
None of the development software works on mac. I think it’s time to concede that not all developers use a PC. When you’re #3 and only 2% I think you should be a little more open to supporting more platforms.
The second wall – cost and process
Again, when you’re lonely at number three why put so much cost and time to developers trying to contribute to your market? The cost is only $21 but that’s still a wall.
The third wall – the Windows UX and approval process
Apple and Android are kind of on the same page in terms of games. It’s kind of up to developers to implement navigational systems. Microsoft has it’s own unique UX guidelines and a strange approval system that looks very stringent. But then when you look through the actual store it’s all over the place. I’m not sure why they’re so strict in their guidelines but so lenient in reality. But for me it’s not really worth the risk. I cbf making changes to fit in with Windows.
The fourth wall – Internet Explorer.
Everybody hates and no longer uses Internet Explorer. It’s down to less than 10%. Microsoft realise this and give developers everywhere the finger by just going in a different direction anyway. Chrome and Safari are nearly identical (webkit), Firefox is pretty easy to cater for but IE … sheesh. Sometimes it seems like there’s a mole within Microsoft purposely placed there to tear the place apart form the inside. Since Phonegap is built using the system browser everything turns out balls on WindowsPhone.
So farewell for now Windows Phone. Farewell Microsoft. My game was never going to change the world or get that much attention, but the fact that I can’t publish a package Phonegap Build has already made for me is pretty shit. The above reasons are exactly why you’re stuck at the bottom and not moving.