Has the Windows Store exceeded the 2,000 apps mark?

With less than five weeks to go before the official launch of Windows 8, the number of apps available for the few RTM users to download from the Windows Store continues to increase. This weekend, two third party reports differed on how many apps are currently published in Microsoft's online app store.

The WinAppUpdate.com site, a new site established by Wes Miller, the Research VP at the third party analyst company Directions on Microsoft, posted up word late on Friday that, according to its numbers, there are now 2,079 Windows 8 apps available on the Windows Store worldwide.

Miller also notes that the number of paid apps in the store is increasing. 89 percent of the apps were free on September 19th, but now that number has gone down to 83 percent. It seems likely that, while the number of free Windows 8 apps will always be more than the paid apps, we will see more and more apps that will require money to get the full version.

However, McAkins Online, which has been monitoring the numbers of Windows 8 apps in the Windows Store for a number of months, posted up its own app store update on Saturday. That site claims the number of apps stands at the moment at 1,634. The site also has a more detailed break down of the app categories. It's not a surprise to learn that Games is still the biggest category for Windows 8 apps, with 307 games now published in the store.

So, which site is correct? We can never really know for sure, since Microsoft can also remove apps from the store after they are published. The numbers may also include or exclude the desktop apps, which are listed in the store but cannot be directly downloaded or purchased from the store front.

One thing is for sure: We will continue to see a large increase in Windows 8 apps available for download in the Windows Store in the 33 days before Windows 8 is launched. The only question is just how many of these apps will be available for users on October 26th.

Source: WinAppUpdate.com | Image via McAkins Online

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oh this is too much now. are there gonna be news posts when they hit 3000, 4000, 5000, 6000, 7000, 8000, 10000, 15000, 20000, 25000, 30000, 50000, 70000, 85000, 100000, 250000, 500000, etc?

cuz that's pretty much what you guys have done with windows phone 7 and it's too much

Julius Caro said,
oh this is too much now. are there gonna be news posts when they hit 3000, 4000, 5000, 6000, 7000, 8000, 10000, 15000, 20000, 25000, 30000, 50000, 70000, 85000, 100000, 250000, 500000, etc?

cuz that's pretty much what you guys have done with windows phone 7 and it's too much

If you don't care about news on the number of apps in the Windows Store, why open a post on a topic you don't care about?

There are posts here on Neowin that I don't care about, so I don't open them.

As far as the topic of the post, I the MetroTube team releases a Windows 8 version!

Some of the apps actually help on a desktop PC. They allow me to quickly check information without opening new web pages.

@Enron: Pull up the Charms bar, click Settings -> Preferences, and make sure that "Make it easier to find apps in my preferred language" is YES. That should do it!

Is there a way to keep Chinese apps from appearing? I can't read Chinese so those apps are of no use to me.

leoberto said,
Guys, we need a tutorial on how to access the US Windows Store.

You need to change your Location in Control Panel, then without restart, you can access the US store.
(I don't know the exact name because I'm on osx now, and my windows is not english, but search for "location" on the start screen in the settings category.)

nyolc8 said,

You need to change your Location in Control Panel, then without restart, you can access the US store.
(I don't know the exact name because I'm on osx now, and my windows is not english, but search for "location" on the start screen in the settings category.)

Type: location

If it has, I'm still waiting for something to be released that I will genuinely use day-to-day and not just for sampling what modern UI apps can do...

Mark said,
If it has, I'm still waiting for something to be released that I will genuinely use day-to-day and not just for sampling what modern UI apps can do...

Games.

Mark said,
If it has, I'm still waiting for something to be released that I will genuinely use day-to-day and not just for sampling what modern UI apps can do...

News, Social? How about OneNote?

Sure there is a lot to be filled in, but to discount everything in the current Store cause you wouldn't use it is rather silly and pompous.

thenetavenger said,

News, Social? How about OneNote?

Sure there is a lot to be filled in, but to discount everything in the current Store cause you wouldn't use it is rather silly and pompous.

One note is interesting but it definitely feels weird. As for news, until there is a BBC news app, it's not worth looking at imo and social? The only decent social apps are the ones included with windows so far.

Mark said,
If it has, I'm still waiting for something to be released that I will genuinely use day-to-day and not just for sampling what modern UI apps can do...

TrackSeries and Weather Bug

thenetavenger said,

News, Social? How about OneNote?

Sure there is a lot to be filled in, but to discount everything in the current Store cause you wouldn't use it is rather silly and pompous.

Since the desktop is still there, for non-touchscreen users, it still has to be better than what the desktop alternatives can provide. Surely, OneNote MX is good but why use it daily when OneNote 2010/2013 or heck, even Evernote on desktop is better?

grayscale said,

Since the desktop is still there, for non-touchscreen users, it still has to be better than what the desktop alternatives can provide. Surely, OneNote MX is good but why use it daily when OneNote 2010/2013 or heck, even Evernote on desktop is better?

You have perfectly articulated what I could not.

Metro-RC said,

TrackSeries and Weather Bug


TrackSeries has a lot of potential but the bugs on 2013 episodes sort of defeat the purpose of its live tile.