Microsoft: 100,000 apps in Windows Phone Marketplace

It's official: Microsoft announced at its developer conference in San Fransisco earlier today that the Windows Phone Marketplace now has 100,000 apps available to download for Windows Phone 7.x users. The app download store reached the 50,000 app milestone in late December.

This seems to show that Windows Phone is gaining more and more developer support, even though Microsoft's mobile OS still lacks some major mobile apps such as Pandora. A recent study showed that Windows Phone projects had increased by as much as 600 percent in 2012 compared to a year ago.

Microsoft also announced today that game publisher Zynga will bring two of its most popular games to Windows Phone, Draw Something and Words With Friends, to the Windows Phone platform in the near future; a specific release date and pricing was not announced.

As we have previously reported, app developers who make software for the current version of Windows Phone will be able to have those apps run on the upcoming Windows Phone 8 when it launches later this year.

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I have to say the quality of the Marketplace has improved significantly in the last few months. There are still too many porn apps at the top of most categories but it's no where near as bad as it was. It's just a shame that a lot of the apps are unofficial ones as websites/businesses can't justify the expense of developing their own. And with the news we've had today, I can't see it getting much better for those of us on WP7 now.

Won't the number of apps being developed for the Windows Phone 7.8 plummet now? So this is as good as its gonna yet for current WP users.

thealexweb said,
Won't the number of apps being developed for the Windows Phone 7.8 plummet now? So this is as good as its gonna yet for current WP users.

Why would that happen? Windows Phone 8 will run WP7 apps.

drazgoosh said,
My plans for the future:
1. Buy Windows Phone 8 device.
2. Buy Microsoft Surface.
3. Take over the world?

I think you forgot:
4: Profit

80% of iDevice apps = Crap, duplicates, and rip offs

I like how WP keeps a constant UI and it doesn't jump around from app to app like iOS does. Apple needs to streamline the experience. Maybe my next phone will be WP8?

Terracotta said,
80% of iDevice apps = Crap, duplicates, and rip offs

I like how WP keeps a constant UI and it doesn't jump around from app to app like iOS does. Apple needs to streamline the experience. Maybe my next phone will be WP8?


think 80% is even on the low side
same for android tho, not sure if still is, but for a while werent fart apps and the like not quite a big percentage?

Shadowzz said,

think 80% is even on the low side
same for android tho, not sure if still is, but for a while werent fart apps and the like not quite a big percentage?

In the iOS3 days, yes, and it's the reason why I really didn't have many apps. I think the first app I really kept on was angry birds and that lighter app...

Shadowzz said,

think 80% is even on the low side
same for android tho, not sure if still is, but for a while werent fart apps and the like not quite a big percentage?
Android has better apps though and all the popular hipsters apps that was iPhone exclusive eventually make it over to Android.

Zynga on board will help. As for the number of apps on ANY platform... bleh. Who cares. Quality over quantity. When the Lumia 900 came out, the local news mentioned it, and in their 10 second story, managed to get in "it doesn't have as many apps as the iPhone, but it's ok if you don't want any apps!" "OH NO! THE iPHONE HAS 130 FLASHLIGHT APPS, AND THE WINDOWS PHONE ONLY HAS 15!!!"

even though Microsoft's mobile OS still lacks some major mobile apps such as Pandora

It has pandora....just not an official app.

Honestly though, I prefer the unofficial app. I get no ads, can skip as many songs as I want all without having to pay for anything.

-Razorfold said,

It has pandora....just not an official app.

Then it doesn't have Pandora.

-Razorfold said,

Honestly though, I prefer the unofficial app. I get no ads, can skip as many songs as I want all without having to pay for anything.

Relying on unofficial apps can be risky.