Beta of Windows Phone App Studio helps to make 65,000 apps in first two months

Over two months ago, Microsoft launched the first public beta for its web-based Windows Phone App Studio, allowing anyone to create apps for Microsoft's mobile OS for free. Today, the company revealed that the website has brought in 160,000 users who have created more than 150,000 projects. In its first two months, those projects have resulted in 65,000 Windows Phone apps being created, although it's not clear just how many of those apps have been published yet.

Microsoft also announced today that it will be adding more new features to the Windows Phone App Studio based on feedback from developers. The company said:

For external data sources, with our new cache implementation, you can access dynamic data or RSS feeds even if the user’s phone is not connected. We’ve optimized Visual Studio projects to remove external references when they are not being used--this significantly reduces project size and complexity. With “Fast Resume” you can set a default language for easy publication in the Windows Phone Store.

It has also added Near Field Communication (NFC) features to share apps with other beta developers. Microsoft has enabled a way to integrate phone functions in the apps via the site such as opening a map, making phone calls and more. The team is also working on adding support for third party SDKs into the App Studio.

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I cannot imagine a stopwatch app needs more than 512mb of RAM. I think the OP just needs to find some better apps, as there are plenty as you say that are as good as anything on iOS or Android and many that are much nicer given the IMO superiority of Metro as a design language.

But yes out of these 65,000 probably only a handful have been released publically in the store. I'd love to see that figure. I've created a couple of apps for testing myself, but they were a long long long long long way from actually being useful proper apps, I never had more than 30 minutes to play around with the site (although I'd love to give it a proper go and create a real app). I think as this project matures it'll be a great incubator for new apps. MS are really starting to make development work on WP, lots of different ways to get into it now.

65,00 crap apps are not what makes an app store worthwhile!

I bought a Lumia 620 last week and I love it. The phone is great. Windows Phone 8 is great (except for a few minor missing features/built in apps) but the apps are truly awful. There is a decent number of them but they are all crappy quality. They either look awful or are buggy or both. Most don't followed the Windows Phone 8 design guidelines using their own style buttons or other widgets making them look out of place in an otherwise really well designed phone OS. Give me 10 high quality apps over 1000 poor ones any day. Microsoft should stop with the penis measuring against iOS and Android and start getting some high quality apps that people actually want. At the moment the best apps are more tech demos of what can be done but offer little if any real world use. An example would be a decent stopwatch and timer app that doesn't look like crap or lose a couple of seconds during resume randomly (which is such a problem they even mention this in a warning at start up!).

Funny because I think Windows Phone has some of the best apps of all three mobile platforms. Some third party apps even surpass the quality of official apps on other platforms. 6tag is one such example. The official Instagram app on Android pales in comparision. In fact all the apps from Rudy Hyun are a beauty to look at and use. The IMDB app also offers better user experience on Windows Phone than any other OS. Veather, Photoplay, Baconit, Vyclone, Wallbase, deviantAPP, ESPN, not to mention all the Nokia specific apps are just a few that demostrate the beauty and simplicity of Metro UI while maintaining distinctiveness and usability. As for the stopwatch/timer app, I use the one by Talha Naqvi (again a beautiful looking app) and personally I've never experienced any delay when resuming or if there is its negligible, so maybe its an issue on lower end Windows Phones with 512MB of RAM.

They've been doing a good job at adding new features to it, in time it looks like it could be a pretty powerful web based option for people to start off with who don't want to take the full dive into VS yet.