Microsoft: 130,000 Windows Phone apps now available

Microsoft announced some new Windows Phone app statistics today as part of its Mobile World Congress press push. One of those stats concerns the total number of apps worldwide. Microsoft now says there are 130,000 apps available for download in the Windows Phone Store.

The official Windows Phone developer blog added:

The Windows Phone Store has also experienced a significant increase in activity - the highest in our history - with a 75% increase in app downloads, a 91% increase in paid app revenue and eclipsing 1 billion transactions. We’re also seeing higher levels of engagement with the catalog (thanks to your great apps), with a steady increase to an average of 55 downloads per user.

Microsoft said that the number of downloads of its Windows Phone 8 SDK has now exceeded 500,000 since its launch nearly four months ago. It added that Windows Phone developer registrations were up by over 40,000 users, 90 days after the Windows Phone 8 launch.

Those developers can now download a preview version of the Dev Center app. The app allows dev team to check on the download data of their apps without having to go to the Dev Center web site; it also has other stats such as crash trends, payments and other metrics.

Finally, Windows Phone developers can take advantage of some special offers from three companies. One is the cloud-based service Box, which gives registered Windows Phone developers 25 GB of free cloud storage space; Buddy and ExitGames Photon Cloud also have some special offers and features for Windows Phone software creators too.

Source: Windows Phone developer blog | Image via Microsoft

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When I had an iphone, apps I could install were mainly limited to what version of ios I had, which is dependent on the model of phone. While Apple is pretty good about supporting their devices for years with ios upgrades, my experience was that my phone slowed down to an almost unusable state after a couple of ios version updates. There were several times that the phone was so slow, I couldn't even "slide to answer" a call.

So long story short - just because it can run, doesn't mean it will run well.

over the past few years I can say that as an owner of Gen 1 ipod touch gen 2 gen 4 / ipad 1 /2/4 I phone 3gs / 4s / 5 this has never once happened to me as matter of fact every app in apple app store from the days of my iphone 3gs worked perfect on all ios versions and all hardware I have never once had an app that woul dnot work because of the device or ios version I was running and after researching this on apple forums and google can not find another person ever reporting this type of issue. I really really wish you had a list of apps that do not work with a 3Gs or old device.

1Pixel said,
Learn to use the reply button. It's not hard.

we really do not need comments like that I do not see how it helps anyone on this site .

thank you

TurboShrimp said,

we really do not need comments like that I do not see how it helps anyone on this site .

thank you

You are posting like mad ape buddy.
He is right, learn how to reply and yes it helps everyone eyes on this website.

TurboShrimp said,
Yes you can

I still run games and apps on an iPod touch from years ago current games and apps.

yes some of the old iPhone 4 apps do work on iPhone 5 and iOS6...but not all of them. The fact is, there are many apps that wont run on the latest iPhone 5 that are designed to run on iOS4.x

I like windows phone but its to fragmented like android forced hardware upgrades each year just to use latest software . Learn from apple I say

Currently, there are only four fragments:

WP7 - 256 MB RAM
WP7 - 512 MB
WP8 - 512 MB
WP8 - 1 GB and higher

Also, since when iphones are not fragmented?! Can you run that heavy iphone 5 compatible game on iphone 4 too?

What game is so important that you run from WP? Temple Run? Please.

Besides Instagram (which is on the way), what are you REALLY missing?

How about a notification app? Something like eNotify on the iPhone so that various emails give off different sounds? Coming from an iPhone, eNotify and a better notification center is what I need.

ctrl_alt_delete said,
Well I think that's good because their store doesn't have themes, application backgrounds and add-ons masquerading as apps.

THIS x 1000.
Truth³

> indows Phone developer registrations were up by over 40,000 users, 90 days after the Windows Phone 8 launch.

That's not fair, they had a cheap $8 registration period so numbers are scewed

FoxieFoxie said,
> indows Phone developer registrations were up by over 40,000 users, 90 days after the Windows Phone 8 launch.

That's not fair, they had a cheap $8 registration period so numbers are scewed

not fair? hahahaha