Windows Marketplace now has approximately 71,000 apps to choose from

Windows Marketplace now has approximately 71,000 apps to choose from
Still well behind the Apple App Store and the Android Market, Windows Marketplace is now up to an app count of 70,784. Each day, roughly 250 apps are being added to the store. Last year, an average 91 apps per day were added showing the increasing acceptance of the platform by developers. In the last 90 days alone, 28,503 apps were added. The total added in the last 30 days is 6,936 apps. On January 22nd, the Marketplace hit the 60,000 app mark while the 50,000 app plateau was reached on December 27th. At the current pace, the 100,000 app benchmark will be hit in early July. That takes into account a slowdown that has seen the average number of new apps added drop from 375 in January to its current pace.

Not every app is available everywhere. For example, of the nearly 71,000 apps in the Marketplace, 59,687 can be downloaded in the U.S., 57,000 in the U.K., 54.399 in France and 52,346 in India. If the quality of apps can be determined by the number of times an app is rated, than the quality of the inventory in the Marketplace is getting better. Looking at the UK marketplace, 8.5% of the listed apps have been rated 5 or more times compared with 6.6% 6 weeks ago.

The largest category of apps in the Windows Marketplace are "Entertainment" apps with 18% of the total followed by "Tools/Productivity" at  14%, "Games" at 13% and  "Books and Reference" at 12%. The top four make up 47% of apps in the Windows Marketplace. A vast majority of apps in the online store, 65%, are free while 24% require you to buy them. The remaining 11% are paid apps with a free trial.

For the Windows Marketplace to become a challenger to the Android Market and the App Store, there will need to be more acceptance of the platform overall by smartphone buyers. Back in late 2009, before it was launched, no one could have predicted the impact the Motorola DROID would have on the Android OS and thus the Android Market. That type of dramatic impact in a handset is what Windows Phone needs.

source: AAWP via WMPoweruser




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9 Comments

1. itiswhatitis

Posts: 423; Member since: Jan 23, 2012

Interesting!!

2. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Its great to see that the BEST phone OS is getting some love.

3. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Its just a pity that the majority of the free apps and games are terrible almost like origional nes games graphically.

5. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

do you have a windows phone? or have u not actually tried said apps

9. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

i think some people speak from simply not knowing.

8. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Andro apparently has become the Anti-Windows blogger for P.A. The next open minded thing he will say about WP will be the first thing. He works in a store which has sold like 9 million Android phones, and no WP ever, which of course means be is an expert on all things WP. Ahhh, Sarcasm. It ain't just for breakfast anymore.

4. PhansMuneeb

Posts: 371; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

Everybody are CRAZY to get a windows phone cause its rare and unique compare to others.

6. ghost__uwi

Posts: 175; Member since: Nov 28, 2011

I love windows phone 7. When it gets a bit more mature I won't mind taking it for a spin. Props to microsoft for actually making something that is good.

7. vishalvenky

Posts: 79; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

hope these apps suit apollo. apollo is gonna be one hell of a OS from Microsoft. remember it supports MULTI-CORE

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