More and more mobile developers are asking the question of whether they want to get into Windows Phone development. Microsoft’s Windows Phone operating system has been the fastest-growing mobile operating system in 2013. This is why it has more than doubled its market share within the mobile industry in the last year. Is it a good idea to become a Windows Phone Developer? We urge you to rethink your decision.
Although the market share for the Windows Phone has been steadily growing in 2013, it is now the third most-used mobile operating systems after Android and iOS. However, the company bought Nokia in September to make its claim as the leader in the mobile world.
Microsoft’s main task seems to be to create a powerful ecosystem for tablets and phones. As they progress, there will be a lot of demand for Windows Phone Developers. Microsoft is on the right track, even though it’s slow. With the integration of SkyDrive and Office Mobile, Office 365, and other features, the company seems to be on the right path. There is still much to be done, especially in the area smaller/less expensive consumer apps, to keep up with Google’s Android. The MCPD: Windows Phone Developer certification might be a good option in this situation. There will be a growing demand for Windows Phone app developers. However, as is often the case, things can be more complicated than they seem. We’ll try and convince you that MCSD: Windows Store Apps certification might be a better long-term goal than the old MCPD: Windows Phone Designer.
Is there anything wrong in MCPD: Windows Phone Developer Certificate?
Where do we begin? This certification is primarily focused on Silverlight. This is fine considering that Windows Phone development is based on Silverlight. It may not be so good when you consider that Microsoft has basically dropped Silverlight in 2011. It is important to note that the certification includes Silverlight 4 among its steps, even though the platform was upgraded to Silverlight 5 in 2011. Why have they not updated the certification?
It will still be supported until 2021 but you don’t need to be a genius if you want to understand that it won’t last that long. Microsoft announced that it would be moving to HTML 5 instead. Why would Microsoft abandon its proprietary technology? It’s easy to see why Microsoft would kill its proprietary technology a few years ago.
History Repeats
Steve Jobs, two years after his death is still the trendsetting figure in the tech world. We’re not talking about his gadgets (or the recent lack thereof in Apple’s innovation). Do you recall the outrage that Apple caused when it decided not to support Flash on its devices? Apple created the AppStore concept that we all know today. It allows you to access the things you need via apps. This, in turn, offers huge monetization potential for the owners.
It is clear that HTML5 was born out of the battle between Adobe and Apple over Flash. Microsoft moved away from Silverlight in 2011 and started using HTML5, effectively closing the door to its proprietary technology. The company acknowledged that it would cease efforts to make Silverlight the most popular cross-platform runtime for both the web and desktop.
What is Silverlight?
Microsoft Silverlight allows you to create and run rich Internet applications similar to Adobe Flash. Silverlight’s run-time environment is available as a plug in for web browsers that run under Microsoft Windows or Mac OS.
Silverlight can stream video. It was used by NBC for coverage of the 2008 Summer Olympics, Beijing, and the 2010 Winter Olympics, Vancouver, as well the 2008 conventions of both the US Democratic Party and Republican Parties. It was used by Netflix until recently to enable instant video streaming.