Microsoft: Windows Phone Store hosts more than 300,000 apps

Microsoft today revealed that Windows Phone Store now offers more than 300,000 apps, with “hundreds more” being added on a daily basis.

In December 2013, the number of available apps was 200,000, while in April this year it was around 250,000 - so the Store seems to be gaining about 50,000 new applications each four months, or over 10,000 per month. Microsoft also says that over 4 billion apps and games have been downloaded via Windows Phone Store until now.

Of course, Windows Phone Store can still not be compared to Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store when it comes to the number of applications hosted (the App Store and Play Store have more than 1 million apps each). But its steady growth is obviously great news for all Windows Phone users, many of whom have complained - in the beginning - about the limited number of available apps.

P.S.: The smartphone seen above is the Nokia Lumia 930, one of the world's first to run Windows Phone 8.1 out of the box.

source: Microsoft via WP Central



1. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

As the Brits would sarcastically say "Riiiiiiiight"

2. billgates

Posts: 555; Member since: May 29, 2014

Right what? Want a carrot? Anyways, that's not bad actually.

3. sgodsell

Posts: 7533; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Apple has 1.1 million and Google has 1.5 million apps now.

49. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

What? No, they don't.

53. pookiewood

Posts: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

We know, we know thanks for reminding us.....

6. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

Owning a Windows phone is always a liability

11. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Yet everybody is copying WP UI principles.

15. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

In what way? I'd much rather fancy my chances of picking up a functional Lumia after a drop, than I would an Apple or a Sammy...

38. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

The pull down notification bar of course...

54. pookiewood

Posts: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

Good to know I'm covered incase my 1020 runs into another phone.

22. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

More fail, you die......

4. Penny

Posts: 1869; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

I am sure we will see some healthy, mature conversation here. Some will try to keep moving the goal posts while others will be furious that the goal continues to not count whenever they score one. It's a good mark, and represents a solid standing in terms of app ecosystem. I think that is fair to say and pretty much the bottom line.

5. rjmlive

Posts: 74; Member since: Apr 07, 2012

Actually Windows Phone users have generally never really complained, from the beginning, the availability of apps on the platform.. it's everyone else that's complained.

10. hurrycanger

Posts: 1771; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Oh really? I still complain because yes I've been using WP and it's still lacking.

18. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

No YouTube app = big deal.

20. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

youtube blocked in my countr so no big deal :P

27. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

Metrotube and my tube are actually better than andriod youtube app

65. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Not too mention the built in YouTube browser in IE11.... ........ No YouTube?

64. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

What do you mean no YouTube app?? Am I missing something?? .............. I thought I've been having a great experience using YouTube on my 1520.. Did they pull all the YouTube apps from the store or something?

21. mousesports

Posts: 286; Member since: Feb 28, 2013

only losers and haters " fanboys of android complains " :D

23. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014


36. T.Law

Posts: 423; Member since: May 10, 2014

The diehard fanboys won't complain openly but they sure know how lacking the store is. That's the main reason that led me to switch. Just check the monthly recommended apps by PA article. You see nice new apps on both Android and iOS but never on WP.

59. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Check WPCentral, ever day there is new apps shown. PA doesnt know how to even use windows imo. Their wp articles are cringe worthy half the time.

66. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

This is EXACTLY right!!!!!!!!!!!!!

42. Cicero

Posts: 1144; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

I took a look on a wp and after I saw the lack of apps and harder user interface usability I said "neh" to him. They are moving on but long way to catch up with the rest. Why to get a hard time with wp when you have other far better choices NOW? Unless if you are a hard core fan.

43. Penny

Posts: 1869; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

I wholeheartedly disagree that WP's interface is harder than iOS or Android. It is much easier than both in my opinion, with the only exception being the Settings menu in WP (wall of text effect here).

50. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Agreed about the Settings menu. It could use a small overhaul, either alphabetical or searchable or something. It's even different between different Lumias, e.g. My mom's 920 on AT&T's list is ordered differently than my unlocked 1020 with 8.1 GDR1, but my T-Mobile 925 - also 8.1 GDR1 - is the same as the 1020's.

67. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Yes!.. WP's setting menu SUX!!!... But, Joe said they are working on that in a future update... Hopefully 8.1GDR2

56. pookiewood

Posts: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

" harder user interface usability" My daughter has been using my Windows Phones since she was 4. I'm sorry you had trouble want me to have her (now 6) show you how to use one?

55. pookiewood

Posts: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

THIS! I have all the APPS I need or would use. I wanted Subway Surfer bad! It was the Only APP I really wanted. Got it and played it for about a month. Ehhh. I'm satisfied!

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