Microsoft: Games are the most popular Windows 8/8.1 app category

If you want to make an app for Windows 8 or 8.1 and you want to have it reach the most people, Microsoft says that the Games category might be your best bet. In a new blog post, Microsoft stated that the Games category of Windows 8/8.1 apps had the highest number of downloads in the Windows Store between August 1st and October 31st.

In fact, the blog adds that the Games section of the Windows Store has three times the number of downloads as the number two category, Entertainment. However, when it comes to the category that has the biggest number of downloads per app, the winner for that same time period is Social, which has two times the number of per app downloads compared to the second place section, Photos.

Microsoft says:

As you compare the first and second graphs in this blog, you can see different trends and new potential opportunities. For example, the Games category has the highest number of downloads, but also has many more apps in the catalog so the competition is higher. As a result, there is a lower number of average downloads per app in Games than in Productivity or Photos.

Specific download numbers for each category were not revealed. Last week, Microsoft said that paid game downloads in the Windows Store went up 34.12 percent for the month of November and free game downloads were up 13.41 percent.

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Makes sense. Other than Netflix, games are really the only "apps" I've downloaded from the store on my Surface RT. Everything else is served by the browser or desktop programs (via jailbreak).

Wasn't that an underlying reason for Windows-8's UI? To pander to the touch-centric users so they can play games. It now becomes clear.

Actually, no - the underlying reason for ModernUI is UX consistency across 8.x and RT. No favoritism, whether you have touch or not - the only difference is Win32/Win64 compatibility (RT lacks it/8.x does not). Where the Start menu gets in hot water (even on Windows 7) is that it is very pointing-device-centric - if your pointing device goes toes-up, you are basically screwed.
I can actually maneuver/select/use applications on the StartScreen without either pointing device OR touch support - just the keyboard. How easy is that to do in the Windows 7 Start menu?

This just confirms that most people who are productive/power users, see nothing worth while in the App Store. This is why the desktop isn't going anywhere anytime soon.

Right, and I don't think MS has said otherwise.

Metro is not a replacement for the desktop and power user apps that require a kb and mouse will always need the desktop.

Thankfully, they do not run MS and don't speak for them either.

What I do is just let them have their opinion and move on. Some people truly feel like the desktop plays a smaller role in their lives now and that something like Metro or ChromeOS/iOS/Android cover the pc needs they have. PC sales may be a partial reflection of that.

The reality is that there are in fact many, many people that own pcs now that don't have much of a need for desktop programs, etc. Those people don't buy a new pc, instead they get a tablet and do most of their 'pc work' on it. Those are the users that have a pc mostly to use the internet, check emails and their calendar, and consume media.

But MS is not blind to the needs of the power user or business users. That's why they have never tried to paint Metro as some desktop replacement for everyone. The problem is they just went a little too far trying to integrate a new experience. Now they seem to be adjusting and trying to make it all work.

In other words, it is those of you that panicked BECAUSE you realize that Microsoft had to adapt the UI/UX to formfactors where a pointing-device-centered UI or UX doesn't fit. You willingly admit that the Start menu would be a non-starter on a tablet or slate - let alone a convertible - however, you don't want the UI on YOUR *chosen formfactor* to change at all. In what way is this any different from the political stances adopted by certain groups over the past few years? ("Change is for everyone else - not me!") ModernUI is certainly a great deal more palatable (to me) than the Affordable Care Act has been - which is all the more hilarious since those of us on Medicare (let alone Medicare Advantage) weren't supported to be affected by the ACA at all, while I knew from the beginning that I WOULD be affected by ModernUI.

I find Windows 8.1 apps to be quite crappy really. Totally disappointed.
Even the Windows Store is lame. Not very well done at all.
Oh well, at least my Nexus 4 has awesome apps and a very descent app store.

Personally, I found Android apps to be full of adverts. Seriously the AppStore is still the best out there, bloody Apple!

As if iOS and Android don't have the same sort of problem - in fact, has or has NOT Neowin (via TheVerge) pointed out that both Android and even the iOS App Store been plagued with the same sort of problem? It's far easier to blame the app store operator (be it Microsoft, Google, or Apple) than to attack the issue at the source (the game developer). Notice that I'm not saying that Microsoft needs to police the Windows App Store better - the same, however, is true of both Google and even Apple. Or have the apologists for all three forgotten the proverb about glass housing?

Figure 8 Dash said,
Now lets work on getting some high quality original games in the app store.

There are loads. Check out Mario Land, and Mario Defender.

D. FiB3R said,

There are loads. Check out Mario Land, and Mario Defender.

So I guess Microsoft isn't real big on defending OTHERS intellectual property, just thiers?

D. FiB3R said,

There are loads. Check out Mario Land, and Mario Defender.

You must've missed the part where he said ORIGINAL.

John Nemesh said,

So I guess Microsoft isn't real big on defending OTHERS intellectual property, just thiers?

So desperate for apps that they allow blatant trademark-infringing crap like that on their store.

Imagine if someone made an unauthorized Halo game for PS4.

Um, you guys do know that you can report such apps and they will get taken down.

I have no idea how MS' automated system works though.

I have no idea how MS' automated system works though.

Last time I tried to do it, I was required to provide documentation certifying that I was the original author of the infringed work OR was a legal representative of the author.

zhangm said,

Last time I tried to do it, I was required to provide documentation certifying that I was the original author of the infringed work OR was a legal representative of the author.

Which is how it should be. We don't want bogus takedowns, and if the actual copyright owners are not interested, why should MS care? If you want to help you can let the copyright owners know. Along with others I did the same via Twitter and once VLC was informed and complained the copycat app disappeared from the store. Of course there are lots more in their place... (Easy way to spot them is, paid apps with sh*tty descriptions and no trial.)

D. FiB3R said,
Doesn't help that the vast majority of other apps are ****.

Most of the "games" are crap too. I never use "apps" in Windows 8. I run a desktop and that's it. There is ZERO chance of me EVER paying for something through their closed ecosystem.

Please inform me where I can get games and apps on an open ecosystem. Before you say Steam, the only viable option, I'll just let you know now it's just as "open" as the Windows Store, which is not at all.

InformedPoster said,
Please inform me where I can get games and apps on an open ecosystem. Before you say Steam, the only viable option, I'll just let you know now it's just as "open" as the Windows Store, which is not at all.

http://tucows.com/downloads

Windows 8.1 Apps Store is a totally disappointed which give a new meaning to lame vs. Steam Store which way has way more user and best of all older game to boot which can be run off line you can't do with metro on a lot of there game.