The Windows Phone Marketplace continues to grow at a steady pace, and has just reached the not insignificant milestone of 25,000 available apps.
And while we're still months away from seeing Nokia's first handset on the platform, the Finnish firm nonetheless believes it has had a hand in sustaining that momentum.
Windows Phone 7 is still less than a year old, but with the Mango update soon to give the platform a power-up in terms of features, and the app count hitting a respectable level, it's not looking a million miles away from being that “third ecosystem” Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer and his Nokia counterpart Stephen Elop have been talking so much about since agreeing to work together back in February.
Of course we've yet to see any tangible results of that partnership, but Nokia thinks even the prospect of a Nokia Windows Phone has had an effect on attracting developers to the platform.
Speaking to TechRadar, Nokia senior VP of developer and marketplace Marco Argenti said: “After we announced our partnership with Microsoft, the amount of apps coming in to the marketplace has actually gone up quite a bit, has almost tripled.
“So we've seen this inflection point very clearly that even without launching a device because they [developers] see greater opportunities come.”