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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: 3208; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


⬆⬆⬆ An amazingly reasonable comment ⬆⬆⬆

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 18:43 1

25. gustavoace (Posts: 82; 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: 1161; 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: 552; 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: 22; 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: 3208; 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: 104; 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: 1255; 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: 1161; 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: 591; 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: 3208; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Who cares...

posted on 17 Dec 2013, 01:07 1

61. tech2 (Posts: 1779; 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: 3208; 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: 1779; 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: 591; 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: 3712; 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: 591; 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: 277; 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: 3208; 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: 277; 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: 3208; 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: 277; 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: 562; 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: 3251; 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: 22; 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: 25; 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: 3208; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


We'll take that❕❕

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 18:40 8

24. thecorrescode (Posts: 25; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


i mean 200000 crappy, substandard and useless applications...

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 21:38 4

36. elitewolverine (Posts: 1161; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


I bet you do. Do me a favor, go to play.store.com, type in task killer and task manager.

Let me know how many apps there are to control the mess of android is with background tasks and tasks in general

Now go to windowsphone.com and try the same searches. You will see not a single task manager or task killer app.

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 21:46 1

40. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3208; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Good point.. Because WP doesn't need such things to make the experience enjoyable..

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 21:44 2

39. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3208; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


When was the last time you downloaded, and used, a app on a WP device❔❔

Funny because whenever I ask hatters if they've ever used WP they never reply...

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 23:42 1

55. ihavenoname (Posts: 1255; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


I don't use task manager and my user experience in my opion is much better than WP.

posted on 17 Dec 2013, 02:15

66. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3208; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


What WP device did, or do you have again❔.. I'm sorry I missed that.

posted on 17 Dec 2013, 06:42

75. ihavenoname (Posts: 1255; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


800 and 720. Company phones.

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 17:02 13

3. darkkjedii (Posts: 10102; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Wp8's gaining steam. Watch out big dawgs.

posted on 17 Dec 2013, 02:14 1

65. nasznjoka (Posts: 277; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)


times has changed really, the big bro now has got his i#es open.

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 17:19 7

5. xq10xa (Posts: 121; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)


I used to be really into Windows Phone and was enthusiastic about it. It just seems to me that they are always a step behind. They make many mistakes which is causing them to lose traction. They have apps that they themselves own that work better on Android / IOS. Skype on WP8 is a poorly executed application. Bing is a joke. They are late to get almost any credible app. They get games when there have already been sequels released on other operating systems. I picked up an Xbox One controller for my Alienware and found out it DOESN'T WORK ON WINDOWS 8. Their own console doesn't work on a Windows 8 PC. PS4 controllers work flawlessly on PC. WHAT IS THAT? My Lumia 1020 has the same volume bugs that were on since the Lumia 800. I wanted to give MS a shot....but after so many failed attempts I had to jump ship. Maybe in a couple of years (or sooner hopefully) they will make a better ecosystem that works together. Google/Android are on the ball right now.....and I just can't reduce something I spend alot of time on to just WP8. Get on it Windows....stop talking and start catching up.....because as of right now....Google is winning.

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 17:35 7

7. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3208; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


And, from all the millions of WP users who love their Lumia devices, the total WP experience, and enjoy all of the popular apps that it has to offer we say... **** what you say❕ Windows Phone has been the best, trouble free, experience that we've ever had using a smartphone.. And, as far as WP not being perfect yet,, I've yet to see a platform that is.. That's the bottom line.
Nothing wrong with WP, it just doesn't fit you.. It's no big deal dude... Moving on❗❗

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 17:48 7

14. xq10xa (Posts: 121; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)


I believe you are misplacing your animosity or are in perhaps the wrong comment section. I am simply saying that Google is a better experience. Microsoft is making trivial mistakes when they know they have to compete with 2 behemoths. You might enjoy the experience and have become accustomed to it. I notice alot of bugs in phones such as the volume control bug. The bug where you go to Xbox Music to download an album and it says the album is already in your collection. I have owned the Lumia 800, 900, 920, and 1020. I never called WP perfect or that it ever will be. No OS can do that yet. The "bottom line" is that Google is winning the phone war and the mistakes that MS is doing seem puzzling. Also when you know that Windows 9 is going to be closer to looking like Android or IOS....that sort of gives the middle finger to your current customers. Kind of like Zune or the Zune Market place. Zune no longer has any support and they let that system die. WP9 will be revamped completely. Android will just be upgraded.

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 17:54 3

17. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3208; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


You think I'm gonna waist my time reading that crap❔.. I saw the word Zune in your comment, and I instantly knew that I was about to be the sold old blah, blah, blah, old news..

We enjoy the experience. It's a great experience.. It has what we want.. End of story..

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 17:58

18. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3208; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Windows Phone 9 going away from the Modern interface❔ Lol❕ Microsoft has already responded, and laughed at that silly rumor... You're funny. I like you..

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 18:11 6

19. xq10xa (Posts: 121; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)


Alright. Way to have a nice constructive conversation. Enjoy MetroTube, buddy. Glad you liked it.

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 21:54

44. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3208; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Lol❕.. Actually, thanks.. Metro Tube is one of my favorite❕.. Just like 6sec is better than the official Vine app and 6tag is way better than the official Instagram app, and that's better than the apps on all platforms❕ WP not having official apps right away has had some good repercussions.. You're to "caught up" to see that...

Be yourself, and quit worrying about what everyone else thinks.

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 18:12 6

20. tasior (Posts: 173; Member since: 04 Nov 2012)


Stop with the agression... The guy said his opinion about specific WP features, and You're attacking him, like he's just f****** your mother. Calm down. Count to ten or something. Just relax, and try to respect other peoples opinion...

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 19:06

26. hurrycanger (Posts: 775; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)


Who do you think he is? Of course he won't calm down over something like that xD

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 21:58

45. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3208; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


No. Let him defend himself.. Are you saying he needs you to speak up for him❔ And, what makes you think you're impacting me in any way❔ Looks like it's time for you to ignore the conversation,, If you want to.. But, if you don't,,, oh well. Can't please everyone.

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 23:25 1

53. ihavenoname (Posts: 1255; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


They were telling you to calm down.

posted on 17 Dec 2013, 02:20

67. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3208; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Yeah, right.. That's my reply to him, Forest... Still waiting for you to give WP credit where credit is due.. Your opinion isn't worth much when it's based on speculation.. Now, again.. What WP device was it that you used as your daily device❔

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 21:50 1

42. elitewolverine (Posts: 1161; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


laughable at best...

the x1 controller will be usable on a pc, they are making sure the drivers are right. For right now, x360 works just fine and doesn't have anything that the x1 would allow for on a pc. The ps4 is not flawless either....but that is off topic. Oh and no pc game would use x1 controller features anyway, don't worry your overpriced alienware pc will get x1 support.

Bing is a joke? Yes because when I search for a address bing cannot find a city, or movies, yup never found that either...dining? nope scout and bing don't even know what food is...

Late to get any credible app? Metro tube isn't credible? I have yet to see a commercial on there...I also don't get the dreaded, not available on mobile devices. And if I do, my IE works with html5, no error now.

Volume bugs plagued every single 1020 right? Much like how day in and day out, I am exchanging note 3's a week into getting them, s3's and s4's? 5th or 6th device and still counting for some people. Lets go on about the download manager crashing phones, or the google services crashing after updates and forcing a master reset. Or the gui bug, or how about the bug for Sony where you cannot delete an app or file?!?!?!?!?!

Please your experience was a bug, not every phone had it, I have yet to have a bug on my 8x, 521, hd7 or 925. I am currently on my 3rd s4, second s3 and second note 2 (large family). Though by working in tech support I know my win phones get replaced, but the number is so much smaller than droid its funny.

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 17:29

6. Troysyx (Posts: 134; Member since: 30 Jul 2012)


Congrats???

I've never owned a Windows Phone, but i hope it doesn't anger the people who do like Windows 8 angers me daily when i use my laptop...

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 17:38 5

8. user996 (Posts: 180; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)


if you know how to use it it is very easy to use

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 17:39 5

10. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3208; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


What's so frustrating about it❔ It's the same.. I use it everyday.. Its the same.. I don't see how some people are distracted, and confused, by a little reorganization, and one added screen that works great.. It's basically the same.. Get used to it.

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 23:23 4

52. ihavenoname (Posts: 1255; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


Not everyone must like WP, can't you understand that?

posted on 17 Dec 2013, 02:29

68. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3208; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Well, if you hate WP so much them why do you make multiple post on just about every WP article❔... You post more comments on WP articles then Android, and iPhone articles combined❕.. Do you see me posting negative things about Android on Android related articles❔. It would be pathetic if I did because if I hate Android so much then why would I waist my time❔.. Good question❕ Why do you waist your time❔.. You've never said anything unbiased, or positive, about WP, so why are you always here calling a WP fan a WP fanboi on a completely WP related article❔ That's weird... You're either up to something hateful, seriously board, or you secretly love WP... Now, which one is it,, because you're not making any sense..

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 17:38 2

9. valapsp (Posts: 469; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)


and over 100,000 CRAPps.

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 17:42 9

11. papss (unregistered)


Could be worse and have over 900,000 crap apps.. just saying.

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 17:47 2

13. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3208; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Exactly❕

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