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Microsoft is paying developers for iPhone ports on WiMo7

Splashing the cash

Product: Windows Phone | Manufacturer: Microsoft
 
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According to our industry watch sister site PocketGamer.biz, Microsoft is trying to court successful iPhone developers and hoping to tempt them into porting their games to Windows Phone 7 with upfront cash payments.

Our anonymous source won't be taking the bait. While the cash incentive is "substantial", it's not enough in comparison to the cost of reworking games from iPhone developer language C++ to Windows Phone 7's XNA or Silverlight platforms.

But it does show that Microsoft is dedicated to providing a rich line-up of games when the fleet of devices launches this autumn. Whether or not any iPhone developers will accept the incentive remains to be seen. 
 

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Mark Brown 14 June 2010
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Anonymous | 08:08 - 15 June 2010
Microsoft really needs to open up their platform and allow C and C++ to be used for developement. Its such a barrier to entry for developers who will have a huge amount of time and money tied up in their C code base. To expect small developers to just rewrite everything for xna really isnt an option.
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