Good news for WordPress fans with a Windows Phone handset. Automattic, the company behind WordPress, is rumored to be working on an official WordPress client for your mobile platform.
After posting an opening upon their jobs board in July, it looks like Automattic (the company behind WordPress) is quietly building a Windows Phone 7 app. Users visiting windowsphone.wordpress.org will be greeted by a protected blog screen which requires users to type in a special password in order to view the contents of the site. The Android, iOS, and BlackBerry versions all reside at similar subdomains and the appearance of this new subdomain suggests a Windows Phone client is in the works. In addition, if Automattic rushes development, it could be the first blog app for WP7.
The arrival of a WP7 client makes perfect sense as Microsoft’s blogging platform, Windows Live Spaces, is migrating over to WordPress.com. As of the writing of this post, over one million blogs have been transitioned or created as result of this transition. The switch to WordPress.com bodes well for both Automattic and Microsoft. Automattic’s popular blogging platform gains an estimated 7 million new blogs and Windows Phone gets some early love from Automattic.
What could be the key features of the WP7 app? First of all, the app can make use of LiveTiles, which would differentiate it from apps for other OSs. What we would be glancing at in the tile is an open question – it could be posted images, comments, we are yet to see. Second of all, with social network integration being a key concept in WP7, it would be a nice addition to have the blogging platform join in for a unified experience.