Needling aside, Thurrott makes a good point regarding the catch-up game Microsoft is playing against Apple in the mobile space: it’s not enough to catch up in terms of the consumer user experience, but they need to catch up with regard to what Apple offers developers, too:
To those who would argue that this is early days and that
Microsoft’s documentation can only catch up, I’d say, wake up.
When the iPhone debuted three years ago, it was a bolt of
lightning in what was then a very immature smart phone world.
Three years later, everything has changed, and the market in which
Windows Phone will compete is vastly different. In 2010, it is not
enough for Microsoft to provide what Apple had in 2007, and this
is as true with developer tools and documentation as it is with
anything else. Microsoft isn’t competing with the Apple of three
What we need, then, is not a trickle, but a fire hose. We need
what Apple offers iOS developers. That’s the bar.