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Screw You iPhone! Stop Stealing All Our (Windows Mobile) Apps…

Bobby Travis

This is a post by Bobby Travis, who wrote with me at 40Tech from 2009 through 2012. Bobby has since moved on to bigger and better things, but I've left all of his great contributions up on the site. - Evan
Bobby Travis

Screaming Kid, Broken IphoneIn the beginning of August, Microsoft released a detailed case study intended to help developers actually port their iPhone apps over to the Windows Mobile platform, a move that has many Windows Mobile customers, myself included, a bit giddy with hope. We have been turning various shades of green over the past two years, watching those fancy iPhone types with their super-slick apps and their great (by comparison) user interface; not to mention the low prices that they pay for the software. In fact, it has been driving us crazy for some time now that, due to the overwhelming popularity of the iPhone, every new and cool or old and still awesome service out there has bent its mind to the task of creating an iPhone app — leaving Windows Mobile on the backburner, or in the dust completely, regardless of the much larger size of the Windows Mobile user-base.

This new announcement provides some small amount of hope that the Windows Mobile App store (Windows Marketplace for Mobile) will bring with it some of the better iPhone apps when it launches this fall. To that end, I have made up a short list of iPhone apps that I have always wanted to see properly ported to the Windows Mobile platform. Some are already there, in some semblance or other, but could use a better design and more robust functionality. Check them out below:

photo remixed from respres & Arjen Toet



beejive mobile messenger

This is truly one of the best multi-messenger programs I have come across. Very slick and easy to use, supports threaded conversations, and works with AIM, iChat, MobileMe, Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger, Facebook, MySpace, GoogleTalk, ICQ and Jabber. There is a Windows Mobile Client available, but it has, much to my extreme annoyance, been discontinued and will remain forever in beta. That’s alright BeeJive. I’ll wait for the Digsby iPhone app to come out — then I can be mad at them instead…


Quicken OnlineQuicken Online for iPhone

I use Quicken Online to manage and keep track of my finances. Like Mint, which may be better known to most due to the buzz about them this past year, they provide you with a slick and intuitive interface to keep an eye on your funds, complete with projections and a very visual look at where your money is going. Great service. They have an iPhone app. I do not have an iPhone… I had originally tried to use Mint, actually, but the service is not available in Canada. You can bet your last dollar that they have an iPhone app, though.


Evernote  Evernote

We talk a lot about Evernote here at 40tech — that is because it is awesome. Having that kind of powerful note-taking ability in your pocket, combined with the sync feature that keeps entire filing cabinets with you; and completed by geo-tagging and image/voice/document attachments (and an innumerable amount of other very sweet features) is enough to leave us just a bit giddy over here. There is a Windows Mobile application for Evernote. It has been updated regularly and has improved 300% since the first iteration, however, it still lacks when compared to the iPhone, which seems to take precedence in Evernote’s mobile development (updated just this past week, actually). The new iPhone version even has a browser built right in, for easy web-clipping, and the user interface is much better than Windows Mobile, overall.


TweetdeckTweetDeck | Now on iPhone

Tweetdeck is one of the best applications for connecting you with all of your Twitter Accounts – and your Facebook account for good measure. It does other stuff too, like actually helping you manage the accounts, connecting you with other Twitter-based services, and showing you trending topics and so forth. Great for personal and business use. I use it on my laptop. Now it has an iPhone app. Unfortunately, Windows Mobile is nowhere in sight, and to add insult to injury, Seesmic, Tweetdeck’s main competition, is also coming out with an iPhone app sometime soon.


iFood AssistantKraft iFood app for iPhone

I’m a new daddy. I am home with the kid a lot. I am not a fan of cooking, but I hear tell those little people have to eat. This app is an awesome idea. 7000+ recipes? In your pocket? Many of them different ways to use Kraft Dinner, maybe? I am so there.




There are so many more that come to mind, and so many Windows Mobile apps already out there that would do well to look at the standards set by iPhone, and now Android, developers. Mobile applications in today’s world should be pretty, easy to use and navigate, and, if at all possible, cheap. Clever would be nice, too. Who wouldn’t love to see something as interesting as Ocarina (an app that actually turns the iPhone into a flute of sorts!) on the Windows Mobile platform? I know I would…


What apps would you like to see for Windows Mobile?