More than 30,000 projects started within 48 hours of Windows Phone App Studio release


Navigate to the 32-minute mark to hear Bryan Tomlinson's interview.

Microsoft released the Windows Phone App Studio just three days ago, but the company is already seeing an massive influx of projects started with the online program that's designed to make building an app easy.

According to Bryan Tomlinson, a senior product manager at Microsoft, more than 30,000 app projects were started with the program within the first 48 hours of its release. Tomlinson's comments came on Thursday's live Windows Developer Show, where he emphasized the fact that users don't need coding experience to use the product.

"Right now we're sort of throttling usage, which is one thing," he said. "The response to it was a little greater than we anticipated. Over 30,000 app projects were created within the first 48 hours. It was incredible – a nice problem to have – but now we're throttling use. So all you do is get on there and you're going to request an access code. ... We'll reply within 24 hours with your own access code so that you can get in."

TechCrunch's Alex Wilhelm, a guest host on the show, noted that he made his own app with the program, though he took issue with Microsoft marketing the program for "savvy developers" despite clearly being designed for people without much or any programming experience.

"I went through and made a silly app and made a couple of jokes along the way and was like, 'This is cool,' and it was aimed more at students and people who are not familiar with development," he said. "But look at where Microsoft is positioning it. They're positioning it for savvy developers who are 'busy.'"

Microsoft's original announcement of the program emphasized that it was for "everyone," though the website for the program itself greets "the savvy developer filled with great ideas but not enough time."

Source: Windows Developer Show via TechCrunch | Image via Microsoft

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This will produce some good quality apps for WP platform but more than 90% of them will be useless and will simply over populate the WP Store, which is desperate for more good quality apps. Emphasis should be on quality rather than quantity. This tool from Microsoft appears to be aimed towards increasing the number apps about which MS can boast about to be hosting at WP store in their next conference.

Ialways find it funny how far people will try to rag on Microsoft no matter what they do. Taking jabs at them for offering something to aid app development, classy.

But I guess its what I should expect around here and most other sources on the internet regarding MS.

As far as the actual program, I think anything that gets developers aware of the platform and can get them started in developing apps is a good thing. The more you have, the more likely it is that you get quality apps rising to the top.

oh please have you ever counted how many of these apps are on android or ios. a massive 1/3 of ios total app count has never ever been downloaded by one single person.

korupt_one said,
oh please have you ever counted how many of these apps are on android or ios. a massive 1/3 of ios total app count has never ever been downloaded by one single person.

agree. i stand corrected - make that 29,999 instead of 29,900. oh and +1 flashlight app makes 30,000.

Albert said,

agree. i stand corrected - make that 29,999 instead of 29,900. oh and +1 flashlight app makes 30,000.

Lumia 1020 owners don't use flashlight apps. The flash is so powerful, such an app would be better suited for use as stadium lighting.

Enron said,

Lumia 1020 owners don't use flashlight apps. The flash is so powerful, such an app would be better suited for use as stadium lighting.

yes i'm sure. for about 5 seconds. that is. before the battery runs out.

This is just going to lead to more crappy 1 page or 1 screen apps lacking quality or value. Just pushing the app figure up isn't going to make people buy it.

UXGaurav said,
This is just going to lead to more crappy 1 page or 1 screen apps lacking quality or value. Just pushing the app figure up isn't going to make people buy it.

On the flip side it'll make it easier to get those new, good ideas out there.

MikeChipshop said,

You must let me know how you had the time to test 30,000 apps.

30,000 Apps that aren't even done yet at that! Magical! lol

Zaic said,
all of them are crap
Probably, but it seems a lot of people need a high app number to start trusting a platform. I've seen this reaction on the streets.

I agree... I haven't used this, or even looked at it a whole lot but it sounds like none of these apps will be very good... but what do I know?

bguy_1986 said,
I agree... I haven't used this, or even looked at it a whole lot but it sounds like none of these apps will be very good... but what do I know?

Don't let the simple nature of it fool you. While you can use it to make quick and simple apps on it's own you can also start an apps basic shape and export the project o visual studio to make it more feature rich.

You can't make fart apps with it. They're mostly just templates to present info for companies or to create fan apps. And even then you still have to have a Windows Phone Dev license to publish, so no... the store won't be inundated with fart apps.

Praetor said,
30.000 projects != apps; most of those are curious folks trying the IDE.

More than likely. But it's cool that it has the interest... Probably a lot of existing developers too...

Praetor said,
30.000 projects != apps; most of those are curious folks trying the IDE.

Duh... that's why it says 'projects' not 'apps'.