Windows and Windows Phone Stores combine for well over 500,000 apps

Windows and Windows Phone Stores combine for well over 500,000 apps
Last year, Microsoft's Joe Belfiore made the bold proclamation that the "app gap" between Windows Phone and other platforms would be closed in 2014. We're only one and a half months from the end of the year, and although the app gap still exists, Microsoft has announced new numbers that show promise. The Windows and Windows Phone Stores now combine for well over 500,000 apps.

Microsoft says that as of September 30th, the Windows Phone Store contains about 340,000 apps, while the Windows Store has around 187,000 apps. Of course, Microsoft has plans to merge the two stores into one with the release of Windows 10 next year, so the total of 527,000 apps is subject to change. That's not too bad a number for Windows Phone, which had 300,000 apps just a couple months before; so, it seems like the WP Store is gaining a bit of steam. The total number will fluctuate both because of more apps coming, but also because of apps from the two stores will also merge with the push for universal Windows apps

Given that Android and iOS stopped bothering to count total apps after they each surpassed one million, Windows is still lagging well behind in terms of pure numbers. But, as we looked through before, the app gap isn't as wide as the numbers would suggest. Windows does have viable options for most needs, and only really lags behind other mobile platforms in terms of things like banking apps and games. 

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48 Comments

1. colinkiama

Posts: 60; Member since: Nov 23, 2013

iOS and android have over a million each not billions

5. sgodsell

Posts: 7459; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Not all the Windows 8.1 apps will work on WP Arm devices if they have specific X86 code in them. Something that was clearly left out.

42. Diazene

Posts: 129; Member since: May 01, 2013

Are "Modern" apps allowed to have CPU specific code in them?

2. redmd

Posts: 1943; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

I went back to Android because the apps that are important to me are nowhere to be found in WP.

9. mildorzalost

Posts: 143; Member since: Jun 03, 2014

What apps?

40. Furbal unregistered

I just got another 1520...i just love the UI. My main hang up in no native google drive/keep. But I nestles my drive in my OneDrive so I have access to both. Easy to do now that I got a 365 subscription. Now I just need a keep alternative

43. Dastrix unregistered

You had to be that one guy...

3. kiwison

Posts: 18; Member since: Sep 06, 2014

As a Windows user I'm constantly waiting for windows 10 release which hopefully increase functions. But as an android user I find Windows Store totally crap!

16. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

Android store is total crap too.

17. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

But not as bad as WP. Anyway "Crap" is not the right word to put in.

19. Rager722 unregistered

Said no one ever

30. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Appstore is best of those three. I find Play very non intuitive also reviews are not checked by Google and there is ton of crap in comments. WP Store often has some technical problems and doesn't always show that updates are avaliable.

45. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Havent had issues with the updates. I wake up and the notification center states - updates done. Or you can go to the store, three dots, settings, check for updates, bam done.

41. Furbal unregistered

Without a search for something in google or Bing it is damn near impossible to find the alternatives for apps when there are one. They need to make the store easier to search and categorize things a bit better.

46. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Windowsphone.com, push any app to the phone, and it does work in the browser too on the phone.

4. BLUEBLASTER

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

I don't care how many apps they have I'm still not going to buy a windows phone.

13. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Thats fair, others would.

26. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

No... Especially when there soon aren't any Nokias. Only thing where WP is better than competition is smoothness on cheap, low-end phones, and even then there are resuming screens that don't really exist on iOS or Android.

44. Dastrix unregistered

Err... No. The others that would go for WP would be repeat users who couldn't care less about a Nokia branding. Your argument is invalid.

47. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

No they just lag...derrrr resuming screen is rather over blown. At least it shows resuming, instead of the likes of the S4, pausing doing nothing, then shows the app... Also androids market is 60% budget devices. Their millions upon millions of phones shipped, are the cheap 50-150 throw away phones with 1gb-8gb of ram that gets ruined in just a few app installs...not so with 8.1 WP.

22. aniqtheboyz

Posts: 9; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

we are not forced you

33. 87186

Posts: 312; Member since: Aug 01, 2014

yayyy!!! thanks for sharing.

6. nvrhde

Posts: 77; Member since: Nov 10, 2012

That's good. But isn't it funny,there consumers who don't like competitors For there beloved company

7. Carlitos

Posts: 673; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

Good job windows! Closing the gap. But even so its still a massive gap compared to when google last announced the one million mark surpassed. So the gap is bound to be significantly bigger now.

8. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

Honestly, the reason why I don't bother with Windows is because more likely than not, basic apps that I use with others won't be found on Windows.

11. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Yet you failed to mention the ones you use? We know there is a gap especially in custom and game apps. But if win10 carries flash app gap becomes even less for the phone. My major one is the bank app, android is nothing but a webwrapper, and WP does excellent work with my pinned IE tile and fully functional webpage. Both mobile and desktop. I wish we had games but satisfied for the moment since I don't have time for phone games with the PC taking it up.

12. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

My bank is no app wrapper. And there is no easy vorbis player either, while Android natively supports it. To each his own.

14. vincelongman

Posts: 5730; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Also Lollipop now natively supports Opus Opus is even more efficient than Vorbis and HE AACv2

24. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

To each his own, I haven't used vorbis in awhile, Flac played all my old vorbis files that I had from the good ole vdub days. And the bank? My 2nd bank doesn't have an app either, then again, once more, the full website works without a hitch and transfer between multiple accounts etc.

27. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

1) For the same amount of money why buy WP8 platform that give inconvenience? 2) Who is going to pay for the additional resources to build WP8 apps.In fact the developer I know used to prefer building app for iOS only. Android critical mass force their hand. Two platform is the max they told me. 3) Well, the future may belongs to windows phone 10 but till then I will keep buying iOS and Android devices.

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