Nokia: Developers will have time for Windows Phone 7

Nokia’s CEO, Stephen Elop, has answered concerns that developers won’t have time to produce applications for the company’s newly-embraced Windows Phone 7 platform as well as Android and iOS 4, saying that's not statistically true.

In a talk with CNBC’s Geoff Cutmore at the Abu Dhabi 2011 Media Summit, Elop answered a series of questions, one of which being from a developer who wonders whether his peers will find time to develop for a third (if not fourth) platform, like WP7.

“When we consider developers, there is a series of things that must be true. You have to have reach, you have to believe you can monetise, you have to believe you have a valid developer platform, and finally you have to great developer tools,” Elop responded, citing that Nokia has all the above.

“We’ve actually studied this and asked a lot of developers all over the world, and, while it's not the consensus, by far the majority view is that [the number of operating systems they develop for] is about 2.8 – 3 platforms. This was a critical question for us.”

Elop goes on to imply that if the results had shown that developers only have time for Android and iOS, then it would have influenced the decision to go with Windows Phone 7 for the Finnish manufacturer. And that may have resulted in an Android partnership after all.

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