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When iPhone App Store launched with 500 apps, Microsoft and Palm had 50,000 apps built for their phones, combined

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"Apple has a substantial way to go to catch its competitors. Palm, Microsoft, R.I.M., Nokia and Symbian have all enticed developers to write software for their smartphone operating systems. Palm, for example, says that it has 30,000 active software developers, and Microsoft said last month that it had more than 18,000 applications available for its Windows Mobile operating system, which is available from 160 cellular carriers around the world."

Just wow.

What changed?

Developers realized they could make a lot more money on Apple's platform.

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