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Windows and Windows Phone Stores combine for well over 500,000 apps

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Windows and Windows Phone Stores combine for well over 500,000 apps
Last year, Microsoft's Joe Belfiore made the bold proclamation that the "app gap" between Windows Phone and other platforms would be closed in 2014. We're only one and a half months from the end of the year, and although the app gap still exists, Microsoft has announced new numbers that show promise. The Windows and Windows Phone Stores now combine for well over 500,000 apps.

Microsoft says that as of September 30th, the Windows Phone Store contains about 340,000 apps, while the Windows Store has around 187,000 apps. Of course, Microsoft has plans to merge the two stores into one with the release of Windows 10 next year, so the total of 527,000 apps is subject to change. That's not too bad a number for Windows Phone, which had 300,000 apps just a couple months before; so, it seems like the WP Store is gaining a bit of steam. The total number will fluctuate both because of more apps coming, but also because of apps from the two stores will also merge with the push for universal Windows apps

Given that Android and iOS stopped bothering to count total apps after they each surpassed one million, Windows is still lagging well behind in terms of pure numbers. But, as we looked through before, the app gap isn't as wide as the numbers would suggest. Windows does have viable options for most needs, and only really lags behind other mobile platforms in terms of things like banking apps and games. 

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posted on 15 Nov 2014, 17:25 4

1. colinkiama (Posts: 60; Member since: 23 Nov 2013)


iOS and android have over a million each not billions

posted on 15 Nov 2014, 17:35 2

5. sgodsell (Posts: 3367; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


Not all the Windows 8.1 apps will work on WP Arm devices if they have specific X86 code in them. Something that was clearly left out.

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 18:14

42. Diazene (Posts: 129; Member since: 01 May 2013)


Are "Modern" apps allowed to have CPU specific code in them?

posted on 15 Nov 2014, 17:29 12

2. redmd (Posts: 1252; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


I went back to Android because the apps that are important to me are nowhere to be found in WP.

posted on 15 Nov 2014, 17:48 8

9. mildorzalost (Posts: 141; Member since: 03 Jun 2014)


What apps?

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 15:14

40. Furbal (Posts: 945; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


I just got another 1520...i just love the UI. My main hang up in no native google drive/keep.

But I nestles my drive in my OneDrive so I have access to both. Easy to do now that I got a 365 subscription.

Now I just need a keep alternative

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 18:52

43. Dastrix (unregistered)


You had to be that one guy...

posted on 15 Nov 2014, 17:32 10

3. kiwison (Posts: 18; Member since: 06 Sep 2014)


As a Windows user I'm constantly waiting for windows 10 release which hopefully increase functions. But as an android user I find Windows Store totally crap!

posted on 15 Nov 2014, 22:00 10

16. Nine1Sickness (Posts: 115; Member since: 30 Jan 2011)


Android store is total crap too.

posted on 15 Nov 2014, 22:32 7

17. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1386; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


But not as bad as WP. Anyway "Crap" is not the right word to put in.

posted on 15 Nov 2014, 22:40

19. Rager722 (Posts: 319; Member since: 30 Jan 2013)


Said no one ever

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 02:06

30. Wiencon (Posts: 1820; Member since: 06 Aug 2014)


Appstore is best of those three. I find Play very non intuitive also reviews are not checked by Google and there is ton of crap in comments. WP Store often has some technical problems and doesn't always show that updates are avaliable.

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 22:31

45. elitewolverine (Posts: 5121; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


Havent had issues with the updates. I wake up and the notification center states - updates done. Or you can go to the store, three dots, settings, check for updates, bam done.

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 15:25

41. Furbal (Posts: 945; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


Without a search for something in google or Bing it is damn near impossible to find the alternatives for apps when there are one.

They need to make the store easier to search and categorize things a bit better.

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 22:31

46. elitewolverine (Posts: 5121; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


Windowsphone.com, push any app to the phone, and it does work in the browser too on the phone.

posted on 15 Nov 2014, 17:35 8

4. BLUEBLASTER (Posts: 283; Member since: 23 Feb 2014)


I don't care how many apps they have I'm still not going to buy a windows phone.

posted on 15 Nov 2014, 18:27 13

13. Liveitup (Posts: 1798; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


Thats fair, others would.

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 01:04

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


No... Especially when there soon aren't any Nokias. Only thing where WP is better than competition is smoothness on cheap, low-end phones, and even then there are resuming screens that don't really exist on iOS or Android.

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 18:56

44. Dastrix (unregistered)


Err... No. The others that would go for WP would be repeat users who couldn't care less about a Nokia branding. Your argument is invalid.

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 22:33

47. elitewolverine (Posts: 5121; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


No they just lag...derrrr resuming screen is rather over blown. At least it shows resuming, instead of the likes of the S4, pausing doing nothing, then shows the app...

Also androids market is 60% budget devices. Their millions upon millions of phones shipped, are the cheap 50-150 throw away phones with 1gb-8gb of ram that gets ruined in just a few app installs...not so with 8.1 WP.

posted on 15 Nov 2014, 23:14 1

22. aniqtheboyz (Posts: 9; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)


we are not forced you

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 05:46 2

33. 87186 (Posts: 264; Member since: 01 Aug 2014)


yayyy!!! thanks for sharing.

posted on 15 Nov 2014, 17:38 2

6. nvrhde (Posts: 77; Member since: 10 Nov 2012)


That's good.
But isn't it funny,there consumers who don't like competitors For there beloved company

posted on 15 Nov 2014, 17:44 4

7. Carlitos (Posts: 502; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


Good job windows! Closing the gap. But even so its still a massive gap compared to when google last announced the one million mark surpassed. So the gap is bound to be significantly bigger now.

posted on 15 Nov 2014, 17:44 5

8. cripton805 (Posts: 1433; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)


Honestly, the reason why I don't bother with Windows is because more likely than not, basic apps that I use with others won't be found on Windows.

posted on 15 Nov 2014, 18:10 2

11. elitewolverine (Posts: 5121; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


Yet you failed to mention the ones you use? We know there is a gap especially in custom and game apps. But if win10 carries flash app gap becomes even less for the phone.

My major one is the bank app, android is nothing but a webwrapper, and WP does excellent work with my pinned IE tile and fully functional webpage. Both mobile and desktop.

I wish we had games but satisfied for the moment since I don't have time for phone games with the PC taking it up.

posted on 15 Nov 2014, 18:16 3

12. sprockkets (Posts: 1611; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


My bank is no app wrapper. And there is no easy vorbis player either, while Android natively supports it.

To each his own.

posted on 15 Nov 2014, 20:10 3

14. vincelongman (Posts: 4164; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Also Lollipop now natively supports Opus
Opus is even more efficient than Vorbis and HE AACv2

posted on 15 Nov 2014, 23:52

24. elitewolverine (Posts: 5121; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


To each his own, I haven't used vorbis in awhile, Flac played all my old vorbis files that I had from the good ole vdub days.

And the bank? My 2nd bank doesn't have an app either, then again, once more, the full website works without a hitch and transfer between multiple accounts etc.

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 01:19

27. joey_sfb (Posts: 5435; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


1) For the same amount of money why buy WP8 platform that give inconvenience?

2) Who is going to pay for the additional resources to build WP8 apps.In fact the developer I know used to prefer building app for iOS only. Android critical mass force their hand. Two platform is the max they told me.

3) Well, the future may belongs to windows phone 10 but till then I will keep buying iOS and Android devices.

posted on 15 Nov 2014, 17:50 8

10. mildorzalost (Posts: 141; Member since: 03 Jun 2014)


WP has a great facebook app, twitter, instagram, office and some great games, that's all I need :P
Love windows phone

posted on 15 Nov 2014, 20:43 2

15. a_tumiwa (Posts: 373; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


but unfortunately no Clash of Clans, the most successful mobile game in the world :(

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 07:15 2

34. dazzmichael (Posts: 42; Member since: 15 Sep 2014)


Clash of Clans seriously, not everyone plays that. everybody has his/her own choice.

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 08:38

53. a_tumiwa (Posts: 373; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


yeah, but it is one of the most famous game in mobile phone, its like you said "Youtube seriously, not everyone use it, everybody has their own choice"

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 11:22 1

38. mildorzalost (Posts: 141; Member since: 03 Jun 2014)


This is the first time I heard about that game, and no, I don't like that kind of games

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 22:42

49. a_tumiwa (Posts: 373; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


OMG!!! you dont know this famous game??probably you dont play game so you dont know

from wikipedia:
The game has been very successful for Supercell. As of April 2013, Supercell had only two games on the App Store, Clash of Clans and Hay Day, and had grossed $279 million. Daily revenue was at $2.4 million, with 8.5 million daily players, and Forbes projected a revenue of between $800 million and $1 billion by the end of 2013.[13][14] They ultimately earned $892 million (compared to $101 million in 2012)

posted on 15 Nov 2014, 22:37 1

18. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1386; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


Yeah WP has many apps it's just games its lacks. Btw I didn't like the Facebook app at all.

posted on 15 Nov 2014, 23:01 2

21. hurrycanger (Posts: 1557; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)


Facebook on WP is sh!ts. At least it still was a month ago, the last time I got my hands on my Lumia 635.
It lacked features for so long and I couldn't upload photo comment. I tried using internet explorer then it told me the browser didn't support uploading photos. I mean... the heII?

And it didn't show up links or photos people liked or commented on. I saw "[This person] commented on a photo" and then nothing else. That was super stupid regarding the app.

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 11:27

39. mildorzalost (Posts: 141; Member since: 03 Jun 2014)


Lumia demin fixed a lot of those things, except of photo comment direct from the app

posted on 15 Nov 2014, 22:44

20. Rager722 (Posts: 319; Member since: 30 Jan 2013)


I wonder what is the comparison between blackberry world and windows phone app store

posted on 15 Nov 2014, 23:15

23. a_tumiwa (Posts: 373; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


Blackberry is worse, because their market share is only 1.xx% (under 2%), so not much developer interested with them, its why they need to focus on side-loaded android app (more compatible)

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 00:37

25. elitewolverine (Posts: 5121; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


They can side load androids apk's so probably on par. However, it is not a true 100% experience, from what it looks like, initially it was about 60% or so.

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 01:30 1

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


Most "aps" on all three platforms (excluding games or functional apps like barcode readers) are webpage wrappers and unnecessary with a decent browser like Opera (WP & Android), IE (WP), Skyfire (Android), and others. Why download an app when the full webpage delivers more content in less time and looks and acts almost exactly (if not exactly) like on a full desktop or laptop? I've never had more than about 150-175 apps on any phone I've yet owned (most are/were games, apps I wrote myself and was testing, or friends' apps they wrote that I was testing), and maybe 10 at most are apps for functions not duplicable in the browser (mostly streaming music.playing, not that it matters).

Furthermore, if we removed app clones, low-rated, outdated, nonfunctional, and corrupt/malicious apps from all three stores, as well as those that are just web wrappers (restaurants seem to be the worst offenders), I'd be surprised if any app store of the major three had more than 200K legitimate apps, and maybe as few as around 100K. How many wallpaper, ringtone, and sound effect apps do we need, especially when most of those are available through a web browser anyway? Do we need an app for the delivery restaurant down the street when they already went through the time, effort, and expense of a web-based ordering system to complement their phone line(s)? Do I need an app to.check one of my gift card balances, or the balance at one of my financial institutions, when both are available though their own secure web page? To as we all these: Of course not!

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 07:48

35. jroc74 (Posts: 5996; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


"Why download an app when the full webpage delivers more content in less time and looks and acts almost exactly (if not exactly) like on a full desktop or laptop?"

Because this isnt even true? A full webpage has waaay more things that can clog up data usage, can get in the way.

An app, coded right should be a way faster.

Agree with your 2nd paragraph.

About the restaurant and bank, maybe, just maybe they wanna cover all basis...like those that use their mobile phones the most.

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 08:11

36. jroc74 (Posts: 5996; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Mobile sites vs full webpages vs apps, thats different story.

And in that scenario...how many sites, companies never made a mobile page.

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 22:38

48. elitewolverine (Posts: 5121; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


It can, but you forget that windows phone has Data Sense IE settings.

From High which will compress pictures, block some ads and download only parts of the webpage. So while other Browsers can't or wont, or some do. Simple matter is, on a WP there are somethings that are just redundant.

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 01:38 1

29. a1369366 (Posts: 27; Member since: 24 Aug 2014)


quality not quantity....
user control over idiotic,

so owns ipad, carries android phone, plays warm surface pro, and uses fast self assembled PC and fast only in Apple store iMac w/ easydirtymouse.

yes, i got the right to make my own decisions

posted on 17 Nov 2014, 10:22

51. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1532; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


500000 apps is the tipping point for the Microsoft Mobiles devices World. Folks it means that Windows smart phones and Tablets are truly a third Eco system of devices. I however want
QUALITY over quantity. Microsoft months ago started killing off Stinky Apps that were rip off
apps Microsoft I hope is still doing this so that the apps in in it's eco system are all right.
Microsoft should create a section in it's Apps store called "MCA" which means Microsoft certified Apps. Every app in this section of their Apps store has been checked out and does work as advertised. I hope microsoft does this. Folks could go to this section of their apps
store and not worry about the apps there being duds

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