560,000 apps now reside in the Windows and Windows Phone Store combined

560,000 apps now reside in the Windows and Windows Phone Store combined
The Microsoft by the Numbers site run by Microsoft has added some updated information. There are now 560,000 apps available for the Windows and Windows Phone Store combined. That means that 35,000 apps have been added to the two stores since November 14th, when the tally was 525,000. Back on June 27th, the two stores combined for an inventory of 400,000 apps.

It's not necessarily the number of apps available that bother Windows Phone users, as it is the lack of some popular ones that are available for iOS and Android. And when these apps do show up, they are often not the same version available in the App Store or Google Play Store. Instagram, for example, is still officially listed as a beta version in the Windows Phone Store. The popular photo and video sharing app was originally put up in the Windows Phone Store last November. Before Instagram came to the Windows Phone Store, the absence of the popular app led to a cottage industry of copycat apps. 6tag, for example, is a popular Instagram substitute

Developers still prefer to write apps for iOS first, because they make more money with the iOS version of an app than they do with an Android version. Last year, iOS developers were responsible for $10 billion in revenue created by selling premium apps from the App Store, and by offering in-app items. At this stage, writing for Windows is still considered something of an afterthought. Still, Microsoft notes that hundreds of new apps are added to the combined stores each day.


source: Microsoft via NPU, WMPoweruser

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46 Comments

1. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

So all these, apps,... will migrate to wp10 without issue? Or be left behind on other side of smoldering bridge ruins.

9. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

"So all these, apps,... will migrate to wp10 without issue? " Yes , and if were to used just 1/100 of the time you waste waiting to be the first in every post to get informed you would know that

21. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

To get informed on which version exactly? Wp8, wp8.1 or wp9/10? We'll see when the smoke clears i guess.

25. noler

Posts: 326; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

WP8 support all WP7 apps, Windows 10 support all WP8/WP7 apps.

2. Anshulonweb

Posts: 468; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

i have used windows for a while ...all i can say that Windows store has the lowest quality apps...most of the apps are basic and does not provide the experience android and ios apps can...

4. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Netflix for example. Such a difference in quality compared to iOS/Android.

16. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

I see no difference, using my 930 and Droid side by side. The screens are the same other than menu placement.

12. hurrycanger

Posts: 1758; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

True. That's still true now.

22. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

You don't need apps when the browser worked better anyway. I order pizza once in a while and it's almost always a better, faster experience using the desktop website on my Lumia than the app or mobile site. The power of a desktop class browser is often overlooked.

29. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Is that the current browser version, or next one?

39. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Which Lumia is this? My 520 I currently own and the 635 I returned had horrible web experiences......

38. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Dude. Yes. I love the Windows Phone UI however the app experience is atrocious. Its almost like Windows Phone is halfway between Feature Phone and true Smartphone. The web browser almost reminds me of the app experience on old halfway smart phones like the Samsung Instinct using Opera Mini... I still bought a $20 520 at Christmas just to have something around with Windows Phone on it. But I just can't for the life of me use it as a daily driver. Hardware like the 930 is beautiful and I would love to have it however the software is still half baked years later... If Microsoft could fix their web browser and could add more first party apps like Dropbox, Safeway, and my bank I would actually switch for a while.

45. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Yes because MS owns dropbox, safeway, and your bank. Funny enough my bank android app is a web wrapper, lol. What is your bank? Which websites don't work? Also are we comparing androids built in browser too? the security broken one with no fix in sight for over half of its users? Or 3rd party like chrome vs uc browser, maxthon, surfy etc. Using my 930 side by side with my z3, sorry don't feel its half baked, then again who knows perhaps I just don't feel the power of droid because I don't root?

3. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

No Google Apps?

5. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Google is entirely responsible for that.

10. sgodsell

Posts: 7039; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

No one mentions about Apple, and where are there apps on other platforms. Microsoft never use to put their apps on other platforms, but now they have to because their market share continues to drop.

18. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3112; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Microsoft is a software company. It's part of their NAME. Their priority is to make sure people use their product. Frankly, I don't see the sense in making their own devices running their own software. That's like Boeing having their own airline and using their own jets. Oh that's right, the Air Mail Act of 1934 made that illegal.

26. sgodsell

Posts: 7039; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

That's why Microsoft is in litigation with Samsung over WP. When Microsoft signed up all the OEMs, Microsoft was not in the mobile hardware game and definitely not competing with the same OEMS that signed up to make WP devices for them. Then last year Microsoft purchased Nokia's phone hardware division. So naturally Samsung and now HTC, Huawei, and others are not happy. Why do you think Google sold Motorola in the first place. They could have easily kept it. They sold it to appease all the OEMS. Microsoft has to either sell Nokia, or most likely they will become another niche market like Apple.

28. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

Microsoft will be another FAILING Apple.

30. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3112; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

MS is in litigation with Samsung over money owed by Samsung. You can read into Samsung's comments or make up your own delusional conspiracy theories. At the end of the day, Samsung owes a s**tload of money to Microsoft and they're going to get it or have Samsung build and market a s**tload of WP phones.

32. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

That is not why Samsung is in litigation with Microsoft. Samsung signed a deal and now they are trying to wiggle out of it. Simple as that. As Microsoft themselves have stated Samsung never made a fuss when the deal with Nokia was announced. You implying that HTC and Huawei is mad with Microsoft because of Lumia competition is something i have not heard of if that is the case please provide evidence to support such an argument. I could be wrong i have not seen that so please feel free to show us if you are not simply spreading .conspiracy theories In regards to Google selling Motorola if what you are saying is true, why would Google purchase Motorola when Android was already a force to be reckoned with the mobile world?. Its not like Android was Windows Phone where many OEMs devices were scarce. Google was already a major player The more logical argument that Google bought Motorola for the patents, then discarded what was left of a legendary American company to Lenovo. Google bought Motorola for its patents then got rid of it. They did not do it to appease OEMs that makes little to no sense. https://gigaom.com/2014/01/30/google-paid-4b-for-patents-why-the-motorola-deal-worked-out-just-fine/

46. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Shhh you cannot show reason to most.

13. hurrycanger

Posts: 1758; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

This I agree.

6. chocowii

Posts: 478; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Who needs Google maps if Here Maps is better? Who needs Google Docs when Office is much much better? Who needs Google Drive when OneDrive is better? Cortana, Bing, Translate, OneNote, the list goes on. Whatever Google has, Microsoft has it too. So no need Google apps on Windows.

8. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Stop with that BS. You don't need it but the WP store definitely needs it.

14. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Sorry I agree, with one drive I saved a law firm 10hrs alone a week in document conversion. Here never failed and worked offline, backup is far better for os level without the need to go 3rd party. I have yet to use google services like others who swear that is the only viable option. Funny thing is none of the billion dollar companies use it either, they rely on office, outlook and windows. To run their business.

17. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Again, for average people , it doesn't matter if billion dollar firms use MS or Google. There are many people still waiting for Gaaps on Windows Phone.

20. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

And for average people, they only have a gmail account because they bought a phone. They could really care less as long as their email works. I handle this all day, I don't know my password, I don't know the store set it up for me, I use yahoo, I use msn, I use....whatever. They simply do not care. The only ones that care, are the ones that are absolutely locked into the ecosystem with no way out. As in they require it for business or a friend/social need (which most use facebook anyhow). So again it is not BS. He asked who needs it when the ms service provides the same user experience? One that isn't degraded, and in some cases even better. PA accounts for about 1% of actual phone users. Me having 3 droids and 5+ WP, is not the average user, and I don't think anyone here is an average user.

23. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3112; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Yeah, you're right - average people. You know, the kind of average person who actually works for a living instead of playing games.

35. chocowii

Posts: 478; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Get real. Windows can live without Google apps. Besides they're just bloats, hogging space in devices.

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