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2 responses to “Why We’re (Re)submitting to Apple’s App Store”

  1. hi

    sigh… facepalm…

    I really don’t care about this inside baseball. If you want to support walled gardens -great. If not -great. I end up feeling frustrated after reading these stories because you are clearly conflicted. You posted this story 3 days after ranting about WinRT. Are you kidding me? Your credibility should take a hit on this one.

    Let me guess -this is a forced apology that you are hoping will get you in the good graces of Apple so you can get your app in their store, yes? So when WinRT’s installed base goes over a certian threshold that is too painful for you to ignore, you’ll write another face-slap- disguised-as-an-apology post, yes?

    It is about the money. It always has been and always will be. Now go out there and get this money and stop sending mixed messages. Leave the BS wars to Apple, Google, and Microsoft.

  2. Christopher Price

    Well, “hi”, thanks for your comments. But, let’s get some things clear. As much as you don’t like “inside baseball”, you asked many questions that fall squarely in that territory.

    We absolutely oppose walled gardens. Everywhere. We oppose them on Windows RT, we oppose them on Windows 8. We oppose them on iOS, and we oppose(d) them on AT&T’s Android phones. We do not like green eggs and ham, we will not eat them Sam we am.

    Second, we are not apologetic. If you re-read the editorial (completely), I think you’ll find that clear.

    We penned this post so that when we do launch our impending series of apps, it won’t be misconstrued as hypocrisy.

    We have come to the realization that walled gardens are here to stay, at least in the short term. And we can best encourage companies to move beyond them, is by working with them. In each and every communication with Apple during our app store approval process, we have shared with them our position, in a friendly and respectful manner.

    It’s not about the money, it’s about making sure other people’s innovations have a fighting chance. It’s about the freedom of your pocket computer, your smartphone. That’s what we will keep pounding the pavement, fighting for. We’re just now going to be doing it from inside the walled garden as well.

    Finally, we will not “leave the BS wars to Apple, Microsoft and Google.” That kind of flawed logic has wound up with Windows 8 and RT, a new walled garden. All Google has to do is turn off sideloading in some future version of Android, and Apple disable Gatekeeper in some future version of OS X.

    Then where will we be? We’ll have an entire computing industry where software cannot be delivered to consumers without the approval of a corporate giant. Innovation will die just as well as it did at the hands of socialism and communism globally.

    As Larry Page said, the battle for the freedom of the Internet, your devices, and your ability to innovate is coming very soon. In our opinion, it’s already here. If that’s a BS war, well, there’s a back button for that.