Microsoft has eliminated 90,000 apps from one country's Windows Store

Microsoft has eliminated 90,000 apps from one country's Windows Store
Earlier this year, Microsoft sent a warning to developers who have mobile apps published in the Windows Store. The developers were told by Microsoft that their apps could be removed if they weren't updated to be included in a new mandatory classification of Windows Store apps by age. Developers were asked to fill in a questionnaire based on the International Age Rating Coalition’s age rating system.

According to a report published today, it would appear as though Microsoft has already started removing apps from the Windows Store. This report states that approximately 90,000 apps have been removed from one country's version of the Windows Store over the last three weeks.

On September 26th, the number of apps inside the Italian Windows Store was 329,507. On the 19th of October, the number was down to 239,216 for a decline of 90,291. That works out to a drop of 27.4% in the number of apps available from the store. And these figures don't take into account apps that were removed from the Windows Store in other markets.

While the app gap with iOS and Android might lead you to think that losing a large number of apps is not very beneficial to those loyal to the platform, the truth is that most of these apps were being ignored by their developers anyway, and we would imagine that they won't be missed.

source: WindowsBlogItalia (translated) via MSPoweruser



1. Nopers unregistered

So all the windows store apps are gone?


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

No there are around 700.000 apps in the Windows Store!

10. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

Sorry but I didn't understand from the article, what 'windows store apps' is this about? Is it about Windows Phone apps store, or about Windows PC apps store? If it's about the later , why should we care, when Windows PC apps outside of Windows Store, are thousands of billions anyway

2. SuperAndroid507

Posts: 361; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

The whole windows store thing should dissapear, it's a total fail.

9. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3166; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I was just thinking the same about you and your ignorance.

20. SuperAndroid507

Posts: 361; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

You must be pretty smart, right?

3. vijay.alapati

Posts: 181; Member since: Jan 08, 2015


5. masterrazor

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 30, 2016

The same thing needs to happen with the play store.

6. masterrazor

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 30, 2016

Too many abandoned apps.

7. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

Removing abandoned apps is really a great step. Play store is filled with thousands of junk apps. I hope Google do same thing and clean Play Store.

11. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Allow me to present my point. I don't want Google to mess with developer app especially the paid ones even if the developer choose not to upgrade their App for whatever reason. In fact Google should archive the older version app so that user can revert back to older version when the new version is broken or not so hot!!

8. tangbunna

Posts: 491; Member since: Sep 29, 2016

1% of wp store app are useful. the rest just ads and rubbish

15. yann

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

Exactly. Most of apps that I used was abandoned and even do not work anymore: vivino, booking, even health&fitness app was removed from Microsoft - wtf?!? There left nothing usefull for me - that's why I moved to other OS. LACK OF PHONES AND LACK OF APPS. And then - there is no app gap?!? People that claim that must be blind.

13. Derekjeter

Posts: 1557; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

WP fans just can't accept that it's over. No Surface Phone will be able to save this mess that Microsoft has created.

14. hemedans

Posts: 761; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

nop its not, check youtube for GPD win, its not surface phone or close to beauty of smartphone, and it use weak processor but things that device can do are amazing and no smartphone can do it. MS need to put x86 cpu, things like core m3 and it will change everything. now windows store has AAA games and many UWA which are ported from x86 programs and optimized for touch screen

17. TerryTerius unregistered

To be frank, it really doesn't matter how capable a phone is if people aren't really buying it or developers aren't paying buy so much attention to the platform. Microsoft still has a sliver of a chance, but I would much rather see them concentrate their efforts in areas where they can have a greater impact. I'd rather see them focus on the future.

21. hemedans

Posts: 761; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

it is x86 best ecosystem ever, they just need to innovate form factor to create great user interface. just imagine those triple A games like gta V, FIFA, Pes, etc, those emulator like citra, dolphin, ps2 etc Kodi, plex, real multitasking, file explorer, no need for root and great customization for almost anything

19. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Universal Apps?

16. robertdenaro116

Posts: 65; Member since: Mar 07, 2016

did they kick the Google Search app from the Store?

18. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I cannot say that I care all that much for the Windows store... I downloaded some news apps for Windows 10 desktop and it's pretty much the same thing as the websites, except without ad blocker... It was offensive to see all those ads. Granted, I haven't spent all that much time with the store, I just haven't really found anything all that compelling in it.

22. hemedans

Posts: 761; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

what is your interest? media? streaming? social network? by the way browser like firefox is powerfull than any app when it come to news

23. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I do a little of all of that, though I think I'm more interested in becoming a software developer. I spend quite a bit of time on W3schools. Any developer apps you can think of that would be ideal for amateurs? lol

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