Microsoft: Windows Store has 669,000 apps for phones, tablets and PCs

Microsoft: Windows Store has 669,000 apps for phones, tablets and PCs
Remember when the Apple App Store and Android Market (as it was called back in the day) would compete back and forth over the number of apps offered in each store? Now, with Microsoft turning to universal apps that can be used on phones, tablets and PCs, the app count in the Windows Store is said by the company to be 669,000.

Since January of 2014, that would be a 67% rise in the number of apps in the store. Since the figure includes apps for PCs, the actual number available for Windows Phone handsets is less than the 669,000. But as they become universal, the number of apps in the Windows Store will soon represent a more accurate figure representing the number available for Windows Phone handsets.

The amount of apps in the Windows Store for handsets trails the number of apps offered in the Apple App Store (1.5 million) and Google Play Store (1.6 million). But the raw numbers are somewhat irrelevant since some of the most popular iOS and Android apps are not available for Windows Phone. Even Instagram, which does have a listing in the Windows Store, has been in Beta for nearly two years.

It's a Catch 22. Some consumers won't buy a Windows Phone handset due to the lack of some popular apps. Yet, developers won't produce these apps for Windows Phone because of the platform's low market share in many regions. Either demand for Windows Phone handsets pick up, giving developers a reason to write for the platform, or Microsoft makes a shift to Android, like BlackBerry has. And don't forget, Microsoft makes more money each year from licensing its Android patents than it makes from selling Windows Phone handsets.


source: Microsoft via WindowsPowerUser

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38 Comments

1. EC112987

Posts: 1216; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

I tried setting up my aunts Lumia with a couple of apps she had on her galaxy and they weren't there.

28. Shocky unregistered

There are loads of apps missing from Windows store, it also doesn't seem very well organised but a lot of cheap copies on the front page. When using windows on a tablet I end up in desktop mode and install apps that way, it's easier but it shouldn't be.

2. Michael.Parker

Posts: 273; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

If it was Windows with a virtual operating environment to also use Android apps only then would I be interested.

3. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

if windows phone had the apps, it would be better than android or iOS, my opinion of course but everyone should try windows phone at least once

6. stanislav

Posts: 136; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

I use WP and its not better than iOS but its good

4. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

For me, everything I really want/need is there. I hear the one area it is really lacking is in games, but I only play on consoles and handhelds anyway. But they need to get as many as possible, just to get people to switch. And they are getting a lot more, because of windows 10.

10. willard12 unregistered

I'm not sure how it is now. But, banking apps used to be an issue.

13. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

Personally I don't use them, but I think some left and are returning with windows 10. Some just don't have an app. That's another area they need to work on.

26. perry1234

Posts: 652; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

WP is fantastic ,but there are niggles that you discover over a period of time only . For example , there is no way to save audio received on Whatsapp. Also , WP error codes 801882cb and 805a8011 have no real solution except factory reset of the phone ( faced this issue on my mother's Lumia 720) . There are a variety of other reasons , which I am not able to recollect , which makes Android more robust than WP .

15. Plutonium239

Posts: 1239; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

You can log in on the banking website, all those apps are, are shells for the website. With Windows Phone you can pin the website to your start menu and the webpage will launch just as an app would.

20. Rydsmith unregistered

Yeah that works great with mobile deposits. Oh wait...

24. Jason2k13

Posts: 1469; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

Im guessing you never used a banking app. Banking app is faster, better layout and more convenient. No need for scrolling,zooming in the texts just to do some banking. Some people wont buy Windows Phones just because they lack a proper banking app.

25. Cicero

Posts: 1144; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

In this way you can do that with a Tizen or Firefox phone. So, are they equal?

5. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Wtf even if they add the instagram of IOS and Android to windowsphone I'll not use them while i have sth like 6 tag.

7. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

The catch up.

8. Bm888

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

the more mobile os there would be the stronger and distinctive devices there'd be... it'll zero dwn to android vs ios wch will further lead to similar devices esp android and that means Lil money making in android world wch will lead to companies merger or closure wch in turn will mean fewer oems competing and hence no much tech advancement as oems will use existing tech to reap of consumers and upgrade slowly the "apple way " ...I just wish Samsung doesn't abandon tizen but grow it because. .it has potential to become a leading os and make Samsung a distinguished oem like apple.....

11. Tziggy14

Posts: 626; Member since: Sep 02, 2014

This is sad. Windows Phone just pales in comparison to iOS and Android in apps. That's why people aren't buying them. Microsoft should just adopt Android, intstall their services like they do with Samsung devices, install the Play Store. And boom, they have a better traction into smartphones.

18. Plutonium239

Posts: 1239; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

Android and IOS are not secure enough for Enterprise. Windows Phone/Windows 10 mobile is. Android doesn't have a capability equivalent to Continuum, no other OS does. Plus, Microsoft already rakes in money on Android devices through royalty fees. Microsoft would not be successful against Android manufacturers. It would not work, just as it will likely not work for Blackberry.

21. Rydsmith unregistered

Funny. I work for a major bank and we allow BYOD with both Android and iOS because of the way our enterprise security and servers are.

27. perry1234

Posts: 652; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

I disagree with you , with some work any platform can be made secure. A good example would be the upcoming Blackberry Priv.

34. TerryTerius unregistered

Maybe not all of Android, but the Pentagon did clear Samsung devices to be used by US government officials. I'm pretty sure that means they're safe enough for corporations to use as well. I'm asking this as a sincere question because I don't know, have Windows Phones also been cleared for usage by government officials? I know that Blackberry has as well, but I'm not sure about iOS or WP. Or any other specific manufacturers. I can't remember where exactly, but I could have sworn I read about blackberry very recently beginning to work with Google on improving Androids security. And no, blackberry may not succeed. But considering their outsized presence on the enterprise side of things, they aren't really losing much by making a consumer push with Android. I don't necessarily think Microsoft will abandon Windows Phone, but if their next generation of handsets don't do as well as they need them to over the next year or so they may at least windup offering devices running their own os and others running Android. Granted, I'm not sure what the perception of such an action would be among developers.

40. rudlie

Posts: 205; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

You are over blind side to Microsoft. Refers to Gartner 's Secure Mobile Platform Rank Feb 2015, Android, iOS, and Blackberry platform rank are top of Windows Mobile. Windows Mobile in the bottom for security rank, dude!

12. mokhtar

Posts: 405; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

Still no youtube app , crappy old facebook design , same thing for all social apps , in another word , windows still living in 2009

29. Shocky unregistered

Doesn't need one, use it through the browser. The Android app is rubbish since the latest update anyway.

35. TerryTerius unregistered

While that may be true, that isn't really the point. Whether or not you need one is irrelevant, it's about convenience and public perception. If you have to start off by making an argument to potential consumers that they don't need all those fancy smancy apps other platforms have, you're already starting with a losing argument. At least for anyone but a die hard, or someone that has no intention of heavily using apps. And even then, you can't exactly do all the same things on Facebook site that you can on the app. Not quite as easily anyway. As an example. While I may not personally desire Windows devices anymore, I do think that they have great hardware and I like their UI. As well as little things, like the ability to make folders inside of folders in the gallery. But there is no replacement for having quality apps that are kept up to the latest standards and functionality of those company's best efforts.

37. Shocky unregistered

Really? there is more you can do with the Android facebook app than an a desktop browser? I doubt that very much.

39. TerryTerius unregistered

Yes, actually. Especially when posting photos or trying to go through someone else's photo album. Whenever I want to go into my gf's photo albums or posts with multiple photos to grab certain pictures, it does this thing where it won't let me open up and view photo so I can save them when I'm using chrome. It frustrates me because that's something I often have to do, and I don't like using the Facebook app since it eats up so much.

14. fyahking

Posts: 1146; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

But, I want that native youtube app.

17. iusshpandeh

Posts: 250; Member since: Jul 23, 2014

And among those ~700000 apps, 500,000 apps are junk apps or never updated apps!

22. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

What app store doesn't have Spotify?

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