Microsoft says the Windows Phone Store now has over 200,000 apps

Microsoft says the Windows Phone Store now has over 200,000 apps
Microsoft has been working to take control of the conversation around the Windows Phone app ecosystem. Last month, Microsoft talked about how Windows Phone has reached a "critical mass" for apps, and predicted that over the next year the "app gap" will completely close. Now, in a message to developers, Microsoft is giving the actual number of apps in the Windows Phone Store.

Microsoft says that the Store is "surpassing 12 million transactions per day and Windows Phone Store surpassing 200,000 apps". That is definitely good news for both developers and users, and Microsoft has even better news to help get developers excited about the health of the ecosystem. Microsoft is claiming it now has the most carriers connected for carrier billing out of all smartphone platforms, with 51 carriers in 31 markets. 

Microsoft is also reiterating a prediction it made last month that was a bit of a reach the first time, and hasn't aged well. Microsoft says that consumers should have $100 million available in their Microsoft accounts to spend on app and in-app purchases. To be clear, Microsoft isn't predicting $100 million in app and game revenue, just that users should have that much available to spend if they so choose. 

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59. Sire3008

Posts: 87; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

MS is doing just fine since the unofficial apps are even better than the official ones. They just need to release more updates and include what people really need(Notification centre, file manger and ability to download and install later in non-SD phones won't kill!!!!!!). I am yet to receive the Lumia black(GDR3) which I thought would be released b4 xmass. Having said that, Google is really messing everything for Windows just like they are ruining my Youtube experience on PC with their myriads of silly ads. They are yet to release any of their official apps for windows phone. I wonder why they are more afraid of Windows Phone than iOS. Any reason?

70. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Of course they are fearfully of WP.. Because unlike these guys on here who never touched a WP device, but make dumb, irrelevant, childish, comments about WP,, Google actually knows how good it is, and realistically knows it's potential.. It doesn't take a monkey to see that... Kinda says something about some of these folks..

78. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

I had 2 WPs, and now as user of all big three OS' as daily drivers, IN MY OPINION Android and iOS are best.And have you ever had two androids or iPhones as daily drivers? And why no Google apps? Microsoft is doing this Scroogled BS and they hope that Google makes apps for them? How arrogant.

85. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Because google is so clean...ur blind yes I have used Droid and ios, I currently have 2 droids along with my windows phones. Soon the 2 droids will be gone. I can list a dozen reasons why, but it is so normal for Droid users I am flabergasted that people are still amazed by them.

51. shreyas.s666

Posts: 83; Member since: Aug 24, 2012

Well android and IOS consider Books as applications. just saying

58. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Ditto wallpapers and sound files (e.g. ringtones/sounds or music)

77. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Same thing in marketplace...

41. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

200,000 crappy apps and most of them need to be paid

47. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

This is based on your experience downloading, and using apps on your WP device❔

33. droidgoms

Posts: 17; Member since: Oct 26, 2013

but most of those apps are useless and nothing to do with the phone itself.. even the crappy one have price and not for free...sorry for this is my opinion..

32. mikelemon

Posts: 95; Member since: Nov 21, 2013

iOS and android do have millions of apps. But how many do you use? You use less than .01% of those apps.

28. ArtZGraphic

Posts: 16; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

i can see, the windows phone has grown and becoming a competitive OS. personally, i'm not a wp user, but it was very interested platform to used. im really interested to use lumia series, but i must be waiting for several times cause i just bought an android phone hahahaha..

23. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

200,000 apps after 2 years? Cute.

22. pongkie

Posts: 663; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

oops wrong thread

21. N-fanboy

Posts: 543; Member since: Jan 12, 2013

As an android user i'd like to point out that in the play store there are applications which do exactly the same thing but are found repeated extensively, for example if you search calculator, you'll get like a hundred calculators most of which absolutely the same but with different names. Same is true for a lot of other things... Flashlights, some games and alot of other things. If you're an android user and don't belive me just go ahead and experiment.

27. hurrycanger

Posts: 1777; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

I've just done the same on my Lumia 521. There are over 30 flashlight apps, lol.

35. LordCaedus

Posts: 85; Member since: Nov 01, 2013

It is even worse on iOS. Search flashlight and get about 50 of them.

79. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

50 to million is much less than 30 to less than quarter million...

48. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

even worse, try task manager or task killer (ps windows store has 0) If I would have to take a stab it would be in this order (first to last), droid, iPhone, windows, BB for junk/spam apps that everyone wants to make (hello world) and publish it.

9. valapsp

Posts: 565; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

and over 100,000 CRAPps.

11. papss unregistered

Could be worse and have over 900,000 crap apps.. just saying.

13. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Exactly❕

12. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

No, more than 100k are crap apps... WP has 200k apps, and only 1000 are good. Android has 900k apps, and only 1000 are good. And iOS has 1mill. apps, and only 1000 are good.. All this says is that idiots who still gauge how good a platform by it's app count are, well, idiots...

30. marbovo

Posts: 658; Member since: May 16, 2013

well, isnt that the only reason that Windows is better than OSX?

57. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

No, but it's one of many thousands of valid and inarguable reasons.

76. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

I'm W8 user, but there are also thousands of valid and inarguable reasons why OS X is better. Don't be close minded, bro.

43. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

when droid hit 100k apps, an app tracker website listed 45k as junk or spam apps. The count continued to grow... go to play.google.com, search for task manager and task killer... Now try windowsphone.com, there is a difference in 'crap' apps, and when your device needs that many task managers/killers it says a lot about the OS itself....

46. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Yep❕.. And it's pathetic, IMO..

6. Troysyx

Posts: 181; Member since: Jul 30, 2012

Congrats??? I've never owned a Windows Phone, but i hope it doesn't anger the people who do like Windows 8 angers me daily when i use my laptop...

8. user996

Posts: 221; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

if you know how to use it it is very easy to use

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