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Microsoft says the Windows Phone Store now has over 200,000 apps

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Microsoft says the Windows Phone Store now has over 200,000 apps
Microsoft has been working to take control of the conversation around the Windows Phone app ecosystem. Last month, Microsoft talked about how Windows Phone has reached a "critical mass" for apps, and predicted that over the next year the "app gap" will completely close. Now, in a message to developers, Microsoft is giving the actual number of apps in the Windows Phone Store.

Microsoft says that the Store is "surpassing 12 million transactions per day and Windows Phone Store surpassing 200,000 apps". That is definitely good news for both developers and users, and Microsoft has even better news to help get developers excited about the health of the ecosystem. Microsoft is claiming it now has the most carriers connected for carrier billing out of all smartphone platforms, with 51 carriers in 31 markets. 

Microsoft is also reiterating a prediction it made last month that was a bit of a reach the first time, and hasn't aged well. Microsoft says that consumers should have $100 million available in their Microsoft accounts to spend on app and in-app purchases. To be clear, Microsoft isn't predicting $100 million in app and game revenue, just that users should have that much available to spend if they so choose. 

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posted on 16 Dec 2013, 16:57 24

1. ThinkingBrian (Posts: 5; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


Well 200,000 apps isn't bad for an operating system that is only a few years old. I believe It took both iOS and Android OS several years to become competitive. It took Android over 4 years before it had everything it needed includes tons of apps.

But personally I've never used, let along owned a Windows Phone to really know how it works or what it's like, but hopefully one day I will.

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 17:50 21

16. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


⬆⬆⬆ An amazingly reasonable comment ⬆⬆⬆

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 18:43 1

25. gustavoace (Posts: 183; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)


My girlfriend has a Lumia, and despite the numbers, it still lacks of good content (no saying polished apps, but usefull apps). They must invest money to port essential apps to the platform, because the system is already competitive.

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 21:25 10

34. elitewolverine (Posts: 5188; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


I always wonder what people mean by essential apps?

What are essential that every phone or person is looking for in apps? Seriously question btw, I see this thrown around so often. I have yet to come across an app that android has had for years that is considered 'essential' that my windows phone did not have an alternative for.

I can see games...but droid was at the right time when facebook style games took off big. So games yes.

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 22:39 3

50. Nimpuz (Posts: 8; Member since: 15 Mar 2012)


Google apps perhaps are quite essential for some of new converts from other OSes (like myself)

And some services don't allow third party apps to have a complete user privilege like their official counterpart.

Windows Phone ecosystem is beautiful, but it still has a lot of thing to improve in order to catch up.

posted on 17 Dec 2013, 06:23

74. pookiewood (Posts: 631; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)


The "essential apps" argument is just a fictional goal post that will be used on Windows Phone forever no matter which apps we get.

posted on 17 Dec 2013, 11:50

82. rodex (Posts: 23; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


I've had wp since it first launched with wp7. I now own a 920, which is an awesome phone. I don't think I can go back to iOS or Android after getting used to WP8.

Having said that, however, as a consumer whose phone targets business professionals, I do miss a few important essential apps such as Citibank, capital one, Square and/or GoPayment (was available in WP7, they pulled this app), this is something that they do need to address right away. there are a few more apps i can be really specific with, but the above is good enough to just start with.

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 21:40 5

37. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


What is she lacking❔ Please give me some specific examples.

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 22:36

49. trustory (Posts: 132; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)


gba emulator that has link cable emulation, instafollow, (alright not to have it i guess) temple run 2, official snapchat app (6snap works tho). Im impressed i thought it would be more.

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 23:39 1

54. ihavenoname (Posts: 1693; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


I'm more concerned about quality. If you search something from WP store, all are 1-3 starred. iOS and Android have much more 4-5 star apps. What is also driving me away is anti-googleism, because I and tens of millions iOS and Android users are heavy users of Google services.

posted on 17 Dec 2013, 10:19

81. elitewolverine (Posts: 5188; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


anti googleism..yes both sides are taking a fight to each other, just remember the youtube battle that google waged with ms over its free code use issue....

Also you have access to all your google services via the IE browser. I do it all the time, no need for app because of full web.

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 20:02 5

29. marbovo (Posts: 658; Member since: 16 May 2013)


It took two years and two months for android to get 200k apps, considering HTC Dream launch, on WP side, if you consider the first WP 7 smartphone release, MS took 3 years to reach 200k apps, but if you get WP 7.5 than is 2 years...

So, Android got 200k apps in lesser or equal time to WP and if you ponder that get that number of apps today is easier than before(because now we have way more mobile developers than two years ago), you will see that WP app number growth is not even a little close to android rising

Souces:
http://news.softpedia.com/news/New-Android-Market-Stats-Out-Over-200k-Apps-Available-174949.shtml
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Windows_Phone_7_devices
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTC_Dream

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 21:41 4

38. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Who cares...

posted on 17 Dec 2013, 01:07 1

61. tech2 (Posts: 3476; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Apparently you seemed to care when the comment was in favour of WP and against Android in comment #1

Only here he seemed to provide proof and you don't care. That sounds like a perfectly unbiased person to me

posted on 17 Dec 2013, 02:10 1

63. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Prof about what❔ Something irrelevant, that doesn't matter❔.. Yes, I don't care.. He's just trying to be negative about WP as usual.. You can say what you want..

posted on 17 Dec 2013, 02:53

72. tech2 (Posts: 3476; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


A negative truth is still a truth.......Ever heard of the phrase, 'truth is bitter' ?

posted on 17 Dec 2013, 12:45

84. marbovo (Posts: 658; Member since: 16 May 2013)


You should care, since YOU thought that ThinkingBrian argument was "amazingly reasonable" even those arguments were not being true...

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 23:44 1

56. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Technically WP8 is a different OS than WP7, as it uses a different kernel and apps aren't compatible from one to the other, that is, I couldn't take an app from my Lumia 900 and put it on my Lumia 925, or if a developer hasn't made a WP8 version of a WP7 app (or vice versa) then it simply isn't (yet?) available. Thus, WP8 is just over a year old (either late October 2012 or early November 2012, IIRC), beating every major platform to the 200K mark per age.

posted on 17 Dec 2013, 12:43

83. marbovo (Posts: 658; Member since: 16 May 2013)


No, It is not different, some apps should be adapted, but in general, WP7 apps should work on WP8.

source:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windowsphone/develop/jj206947%28v=vs.105%29.aspx

http://www.liveside.net/2012/09/26/will-windows-phone-7-apps-just-work-in-windows-phone-8/

Did you really think that those 200k apps were built in just one year or you were trying to fool people?

posted on 17 Dec 2013, 02:08

62. nasznjoka (Posts: 402; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)


and the funny thing is that you can not force people to love you. f@@@k windows 8 but windows mobile been there for ages and nobody gives a s#@@t. But cool for them tho, cool for rodneyej1 #1 wp fanboy here on the arena. He will beat you over his beloved wp

posted on 17 Dec 2013, 02:12

64. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


That's right.. Now you're catching on.. Thanks for the recognition. You're dead right❕

posted on 17 Dec 2013, 02:30

69. nasznjoka (Posts: 402; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)


boy you need to keep your calm with you all the time. So much love for wp to the point that soon you gonna be crazy over it.

posted on 17 Dec 2013, 02:41

71. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Whose that bothering, people who hate WP❔... As long as I praise WP on WP related articles then so be it... If people like you, who don't like WP, would simply not click on WP related articles, then you wouldn't be disappointed to find that there are WP fans in there... What a concept❕

posted on 17 Dec 2013, 07:08

80. nasznjoka (Posts: 402; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)


am i disappointed?? Mind you people don't purchase OS they purchase good devices.Unless microsoft start to pay the likes of samsung, lg, etc to make good wp devices they gon be lagging behind always. By the way is there any official statistics of wp users overall? I d like to know how far are you going

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 20:59

31. Daftama (Posts: 619; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Of course not why would it since all the developer has have to do is flip the switch... When ios and Android were out most of these apps didn't exist I up to the developers if they want to or not by 2017 if not sooner it should be dead even if not off by few

posted on 17 Dec 2013, 00:12 2

60. akki20892 (Posts: 3901; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Wp is getting mature, in 3 years we will see wp comparing android and ios.

posted on 17 Dec 2013, 04:47 1

73. DKJnr (Posts: 24; Member since: 11 Mar 2013)


Maybe time has finally come for you to try...I was extremely surprised when i tried. Though, a few gaps still exist but hardly noticeable depending on usage patterns.

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 17:00 5

2. thecorrescode (Posts: 35; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


200 crappy, substandard and useless applications...

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 17:17 14

4. papss (unregistered)


16 post and you spew this nonsense? GTFO... with your ogre comments.
Also 200 out of 200,00 is pretty good but im guessing you as a sharp minded person just messed up what you meant

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 17:49

15. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


We'll take that❕❕

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