It should go without saying that the launch of Windows Phone 8 would correspond to a whole lot of new apps arriving for the platform, but just what effect has the OS had on Windows Phone developer activity? Microsoft briefly discussed its app certification schedule for the holidays in a blog posting today, and not only are the numbers up, but so far they’ve been staying high, as well.
Microsoft reports that, following the WP 8 launch, developers have been submitting roughly 40% more apps than usual. Well over a month later, that pace hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down, such that Microsoft is warning devs that they should expect a delay of up to five days to allow the company to certify new app submissions.
The company’s app-checking team will be working hard up until the holidays themselves, hoping to have as many new apps available as possible by the time new Windows Phone 8 owners unwrap their handsets on Christmas.
We don’t expect this rush of new apps to last forever, but the longer Microsoft can keep developer enthusiasm hot, and maintain this kind of activity, the better and better its platform is going to look.