Tablets demand love too! 50,000 apps are now available for the Microsoft Surface tablet

Tablets demand love too! 50,000 apps are now available for the Microsoft Surface tablet
The latest count shows that there are now 50,000 apps in the Windows Store which means that you can now load up your Microsoft Surface RT and Microsoft Surface Pro with some of the latest and greatest apps. An average of 279 apps a day has been added to the store during the current month. That makes March the first month in sometime to show an increase in app submissions over the prior month. For example, back in November there were 468 new apps a day being added to the store.

In order to spur the development of new apps, which we all know makes a device more attractive to the consumer, Microsoft is offering developers $100 for each app submitted to both the Windows Store and the Windows Phone Store. There is a limit though, as the Redmond based software giant has a cap at 10 apps per OS for a total of $2,000. And Mister Softy, as the company is called on Wall Street because of the MSFT ticker symbol, is giving developers a full 10% higher revenue split at 80%/20% than what they earn with iOS or Android.

source: MetroStoreScanner via GSMArena

Related phones

Surface Pro
  • Display 10.6" 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 1 megapixel
  • Processor Intel Core i5, Dual-core, 1700 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
Surface RT
  • Display 10.6" 1366 x 768 pixels
  • Camera 1 megapixel
  • Processor NVIDIA Tegra 3 T30, Quad-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB



1. PointMaza

Posts: 60; Member since: Dec 14, 2012

Just Wow..!

3. Splendid

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 24, 2013

iOS has over 300,000 tablet optimized apps, not a big number, Windows 8 and RT will easily overtake them.

5. Hemlocke unregistered

Windows RT is an evolutionary dead end. Nobody else is making RT tablets, and the few that are out will be one and done. Surface RT might see a sequel, and it will sell even less than the current one. As for Windows 8, I think it is safe to say that it is a flop much worse than Vista was, given the price cutting that is going on with the devices, and if Windows Blue is more of the same, Steve Ballmer will be out on the street, if not before that.

10. zippolite28

Posts: 107; Member since: Sep 28, 2012

I use windows 8 for my work and I find it easy to use ... and yaa I never used any tablet optimised apps ;-)

18. jsdechavez

Posts: 799; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

Where've you been? A lot of companies making Win8 devices..

13. thephoneofi

Posts: 23; Member since: Mar 24, 2013

Don't you think by the time they get from 50,000 to 300,000, apple will have added thousands more also? I mean common sense would indicate that man lol.

6. loyals

Posts: 129; Member since: Nov 10, 2012

i dont think android will be a choice unless you want a budget based one. windows will overtake premium android tabs share nyday !!

7. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

When sales don't materialize, revenue split terms get more liberal. Combined with Evernote making more per customer on its WP platform, that might get more developer attention. Especially if the Evernote story is not a one-off experience. Memo to Steve - order the WP marketing team to research every app developers experience to find every single one who is doing better per customer in the WP ecosystem. Then publicize the stories until every media outlet is talking about them. This is a better story (positive story/experience)than the drivel about being scroogled (negative story/experience). Cash talks and bullish*t walks, as it were.

15. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

M$ has been distributing notebooks in the past to bloggers to do trash talking against competitors. All that Steve would need to do is allocate more funds to and start distributing more free notebooks and WP to bloggers.

2. procopiojose

Posts: 132; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

great! so they have "boston celtics fans" app.. cool!! this means they also have the ff appzz: kevin garnett fans paul pierce fans (every boston player) fans justin bieber fans tom fans jerry fans tom and jerry fans beavis fans butthead fans beavis and butthead fans chuck norris fans app haven...

4. Splendid

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 24, 2013

Tell me ONE app store where most apps aren't useless.

8. papss unregistered

That's pretty impressive. I still don't think RT will take off but VERY happy with my pro with W8. Mine goes everywhere with me and has spawned a few buys from others in my office

9. NateAdam8

Posts: 437; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

Because WindowsRT Tablet are just base Tablets this might get it somewhere but I do agree that it's a dead end unless Microsofts new updates can make it more then it is now

11. Credo

Posts: 749; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

the populair apps just keep on coming, especially here in belgium, awesome ! :)

12. Timmehor

Posts: 599; Member since: Mar 09, 2013

Awesome, didn't expect too many Windows 8 apps, but there is heaps already! Nice!

14. dan86

Posts: 298; Member since: Mar 17, 2012

Wish I could suggest Stephan Elop a new company and leave Nokia so they can think beyond WP.

16. techloverNYC

Posts: 601; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

Tried out a surface tablet in Best buy. It does look a lot more "office" ready compare to my ipad and android tablets on the market. The screen looks very sharp and the software is pretty fluid.

17. GadgetsMcGoo

Posts: 168; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

$100 per app is insulting. You can do better msft.

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