In order to help widen the selection of themes available, Automattic is launching “The Theme Team” which they hope will attract more quality theme developers as well as more themes for WP.com and WP.org.
I’m super-excited to announce to you today that WordPress.com now has an official Theme Team. In a nutshell, we’re a bunch of people who really care about WordPress Themes and want to see them get better and better—on WordPress.com and for every WordPress.org user. And yes, that means we’re getting more themes, more often. [...]
There is no word on whether commercial WordPress developers will be able to offer themes to WP users (at least WP.com), but either way this should help WordPress retain users (who were not too thrilled with the overall choices).
Either way it will be interesting to see if adding more themes will help WordPress overtake Blogger, as the latter currently leads the pack as the Internet’s preferred blogging platform.