I have closely followed all the declarations and reactions since the Friday announcement and I must say I do have a couple of serious concerns:
In short, what I see ahead are quickly erroding revenues from existing Nokia platforms and nothing to replace them. Nokia CEO says the future is bright, but the question is how do we survive as Nokia developers until the future becomes pesent?
Our latest application launced in January sold very well till Friday and since than sales declined constantly : Saturday to 67%, Sunday to 55%, Monday to 34% and Tuesday to only 22% of Friday's volume. And Friday's volume was not the heighest of the previous week!
Has anyone else noticed such down slopes in sales? I do not think it is related with 11.2.11, it is too soon. But a major concern is at some point, before new WM7 Nokia phones are released we shall see such a decline. How can we compensate it?
On Nokia conversations I noticed a lot of Nokia employees requesting people to contact them and discuss. I really do not get it. Obviously most of the complains came form developers, you have our contact details, some of us are enroled in your programms, why don't you make the first step? Why don't you communicate us the important things directly? If developers are important to you why don't you address them directly?
The concern here is that we are in fact not such important to you as you say.
Is there somone at Nokia capable to resonable explain why support for all existing Nokia platforms has been retracted so sudden, before a viable solution is in place.
Do we have a Nokia WM7 SDK? Do we have DDP for WM7 devices?
In the last years I have wrote more than 100,000 lines of code for Nokia platforms, mostly Symbian, Java and some Qt. What Nokia expects now? for us to drop everything, buy a HTC device and go on Microsoft website and register as WM7 developers? As Mr. Elopp said , "emotionally" it is difficult, right. But we are professionals and we write code not only for fun, but also for proffit, so we shall do it. But I do not see any profit in it, maybe is just my lack of vision, or maybe not