New Windows 8 app launches slow down; currently total over 39,000

On October 26th, the launch date for Windows 8, the Windows Store had about 9,000 apps available for download, according to third party sources. While Microsoft has still not issued any official Windows 8 app numbers of its own, the MetroStore Scanner website, which allows non-Windows 8 PC users to check out what's available in the Windows Store, indicated that on December 27th, the worldwide total of apps in the store had exploded in the next two months to over 35,000 apps.

It's been a month since our last Windows 8 app numbers report and today we checked out the MetroStore Scanner site to get an update. We found that the number of new Windows 8 apps that have been added to the store has slowed down considerably in the last 31 days. MetroStore Scanner shows that only about 4,000 new apps have been added to the store in the last month.  Currently, the worldwide numbers in the store, according to this source, stand at 39,860.

The number of Windows 8 apps made specifically for the US market now stands at 26,293, according to MetroStore Scanner. Again, that number is about 4,000 more compared to December's stats. China currently has the largest number of localized Windows 8 apps with 27,968 apps in the Windows Store.

It's more than possible than we could see the growth in Windows 8 app numbers accelerate again, especially if the upcoming launch of Microsoft's Surface Pro tablet turns out to be highly successful.

Source: MetroStore Scanner | Image via MetroStore Scanner

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These totals...do they include all the listings for desktop apps as well?

Looking at the 'Store' app selection reminds me of the app selection for WebOS devices.

Yeah, its that bad.

Desktop apps on Windows RT: only possible when your tablet has been jailbraked.
And still than the app needs to be recompiled for ARM.
So in both cases, very slim chance....

And if you want to run desktop apps, get a x86/64 tablet, problem solved.

Orange Battery said,
I was disappointed that I couldn't get desktop software via the store.

No, but you can search for them... and that does help with discoverability. Hopefully in the near future (Blue?). This could be bundled with an update to allow desktop apps on Windows RT.

It's fun to see everyone saying that 39 000 apps after 3 months is bad. Let's not metion that Apple needed a year to reash that number.

39k is lame. Didn't some MS exec promise more apps by now?
I wonder if there is some sort of app store (Windows 8 Marketplace Store System) overdose happening and devs dont care anymore?
MS have painted them into a metro corner. I hope it works out for them.

Considering the Mac App Store has only 13,000 today, and it has been accepting submissions since 2010... 39,000 in 3 months is pretty damn good.

rfirth said,
Considering the Mac App Store has only 13,000 today, and it has been accepting submissions since 2010... 39,000 in 3 months is pretty damn good.

Yes and not: How many potenti al customers have Windows compared to Apple?
This is a factor that cannot be ignored. Personally I would be happy if MS could fix ASAP its own, most common apps. First of all both the Metro and Desktop ones to sync WP8 devices.

I'm not really surprised, but not because I think there is an issue with Windows 8 but more to the point that people are scaremongering by saying that Windows 8 is going to fail and so on, I think a lot of developers are just seeing how things progress and I can imagine a good quality app would take time, so early days.

Develoopers shouldn't be waiting for people to use Windows 8 because if there's less great apps on Windows 8, people won't use it. The more apps for Windows 8, the more people will use it.

1000 apps a week which is 140+ a day. I mean, really, that's not bad if you ask me. The 100,000 app mark I always thought would be a lot further away than what was predicted. At any rate, I think MS needs to appeal not to developers but to end users. A campaign should be launched showing that an app is/can be a more efficient way to execute a task (logging calories, doing finances, etc). Show people that they have access to a store where these apps can be found. Then people will want the apps and then devs will make them. I digress.

The problem is that the MS employees took a nice long holiday vacation so approvals grinded to a halt. They've done this several times with Windows Phone as well.

Yeah, but they are not.
Only lame apps. Even those are slowing down according this article.
Like win7 widgets , this win8 metro = failure.

Pandora, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google Maps, gMail... the list goes on. While these are dependent on the company making them, there are plenty of apps people are looking for and not present. Until the ones I mentioned become available, the desktop will continue to be the primary place I use my computer.

Empyrean Glow said,
Most of the Metro apps are absolute garbage. There is literally only a handful that are worth even downloading.

Oh so then its exactly like iPad and Android then.

This is what you should expect when anyone is able to develop and submit an app to the store. I suppose Microsoft could drastically raise the cost of having access to sell on the store and that would raise quality but also cause a lot of small/good apps to never be available.

sinis said,
Yeah, but they are not.
Only lame apps. Even those are slowing down according this article.
Like win7 widgets , this win8 metro = failure.

congratulations you win the award for dumbest thing I read on the Internet this week!

shockz said,
Pandora, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google Maps, gMail... the list goes on. While these are dependent on the company making them, there are plenty of apps people are looking for and not present. Until the ones I mentioned become available, the desktop will continue to be the primary place I use my computer.

There are thousands of YouTube and Facebook apps. Anyone complaining about that stuff is nuts. Go download YouTube+ free version I guarantee you it is a million times better than any YouTube app Google will ever develop. It's not like people aren't discovering the Facebook and YouTube apps either since they're at the top of the download charts.

And Google is not developing for Windows, get over it already. They announced they will not support Windows, so either use one of the thousands of 3rd party apps, the web browser which works fine, or use services from a company that is not trying to push a competing OS.

Not nuts, people said the same thing when Facebook was garbage on iOS... download friendly, mypad, etc... and those all sucked. I want an official app.

Google will develop for Windows, it's only a matter of time until tablets and touch become mainstream. They won't let users be left in the dust once they realize the ad revenue lost. They did the same thing for iOS.

Avatar Roku said,

Oh so then its exactly like iPad and Android then.

Not really, people actually buy iPad and Android tablets

Empyrean Glow said
Most of the Metro apps are absolute garbage. There is literally only a handful that are worth even downloading.
Well that's just your opinion.

Empyrean Glow said,
Most of the Metro apps are absolute garbage. There is literally only a handful that are worth even downloading.

This is different on Android or iOS?

People please, all horrible Windows apps are nothing more then ported Android/iOS apps. Where they where created for originally.

But off course Microsoft gets the frontal assault.

At least iOS and Android have a wide variety of first party apps. The crappy apps you're referring to on iOS and Android, that get overlooked and avoided? Those are all that exist for WP8/W8/Surface.

Empyrean Glow said
Those are all that exist for WP8/W8/Surface.
Not true. Every platform has more than a handful of great apps and $нїтту apps.

Ouch. That's not "slowing down". That's grinding to a crawl. Especially when factoring the "4000 apps" that were added in the past month are 99% wallpaper changers and fart apps.

If you want to see how sad the Metro store situation is, look at the Top Free and Top Paid.

This platform Metro can't even get native Youtube and Facebook apps and app submissions have been open to devs for more than a year.

Facebook took 18 months to make the first app for iOS....

Darrah Ford said,
Ouch. That's not "slowing down". That's grinding to a crawl. Especially when factoring the "4000 apps" that were added in the past month are 99% wallpaper changers and fart apps.

If you want to see how sad the Metro store situation is, look at the Top Free and Top Paid.

This platform Metro can't even get native Youtube and Facebook apps and app submissions have been open to devs for more than a year.

EdwinTheWise said,
Facebook took 18 months to make the first app for iOS....

FB itself was still developing - what's your point? FB for iOS was able to exist in a vacuum because they were both very young, times have changed clearly and MS has no such luxury.

Besides that, FB already stated they have "no plans" for a Metro app. So there's that.

Have it your way. If peolpe buy tablets because of apps then don´t by Win8

Darrah Ford said,

FB itself was still developing - what's your point? FB for iOS was able to exist in a vacuum because they were both very young, times have changed clearly and MS has no such luxury.

Besides that, FB already stated they have "no plans" for a Metro app. So there's that.

1) I did a search for fart, and found 38 apps. A search for wallpaper returned 102 results. Far from the 99% you claim, many of those were there before January, and a search for words like wallpaper returned 102 results but not all of them are wallpaper apps. For example, there are apps that the major functionality have nothing to do with wallpapers, but allow you to save to wallpaper, so it has wallpaper in the description so it shows up in the search results.

2) not sure what this means, there are apps listed in the top free and top paid. Having items listed does not mean that the store is bad. In the top paid it lists apps like Angry Birds Star Wars and Where's My Perry in the top 5. Shock and horror - my iPad has Angry Birds Star Wars and Where's My Perry in the top 5. But I guess it is good for the iPad, showing a thriving app ecosystem, but shows that the Win8 store is bad.

3) If there was a FaceBook or Youtube (ignoring that Google refuses to allow licensing of the API to get a good experience) app, then you and others would be in here complaining that most of the apps are just wrappers for web sites, they don't count, and show that there is no creativity in the Win8 store.

Now if you would excuse me, I need to get back to writing my apps to put on the store...


nohone said,
1) I did a search for fart, and found 38 apps. A search for wallpaper returned 102 results. Far from the 99% you claim, many of those were there before January, and a search for words like wallpaper returned 102 results but not all of them are wallpaper apps. For example, there are apps that the major functionality have nothing to do with wallpapers, but allow you to save to wallpaper, so it has wallpaper in the description so it shows up in the search results.

2) not sure what this means, there are apps listed in the top free and top paid. Having items listed does not mean that the store is bad. In the top paid it lists apps like Angry Birds Star Wars and Where's My Perry in the top 5. Shock and horror - my iPad has Angry Birds Star Wars and Where's My Perry in the top 5. But I guess it is good for the iPad, showing a thriving app ecosystem, but shows that the Win8 store is bad.

3) If there was a FaceBook or Youtube (ignoring that Google refuses to allow licensing of the API to get a good experience) app, then you and others would be in here complaining that most of the apps are just wrappers for web sites, they don't count, and show that there is no creativity in the Win8 store.

Now if you would excuse me, I need to get back to writing my apps to put on the store...

nohone said,
1) I did a search for fart, and found 38 apps. A search for wallpaper returned 102 results. Far from the 99% you claim, many of those were there before January, and a search for words like wallpaper returned 102 results but not all of them are wallpaper apps. For example, there are apps that the major functionality have nothing to do with wallpapers, but allow you to save to wallpaper, so it has wallpaper in the description so it shows up in the search results.

2) not sure what this means, there are apps listed in the top free and top paid. Having items listed does not mean that the store is bad. In the top paid it lists apps like Angry Birds Star Wars and Where's My Perry in the top 5. Shock and horror - my iPad has Angry Birds Star Wars and Where's My Perry in the top 5. But I guess it is good for the iPad, showing a thriving app ecosystem, but shows that the Win8 store is bad.

3) If there was a FaceBook or Youtube (ignoring that Google refuses to allow licensing of the API to get a good experience) app, then you and others would be in here complaining that most of the apps are just wrappers for web sites, they don't count, and show that there is no creativity in the Win8 store.

Now if you would excuse me, I need to get back to writing my apps to put on the store...

Stop using logic and truth, you'll scare away the others.

Darrah Ford said
.. Especially when factoring the "4000 apps" that were added in the past month are 99% wallpaper changers and fart apps.
Do you purposely try and sound dumb, or does it come naturally..

Do you have proof of all the apps that were submitted within the last month..?

There are about 129 fart and wallpaper changer apps in the Windows store and counts for approx. 0.34% of all Modern apps.

Darrah Ford said
If you want to see how sad the Metro store situation is, look at the Top Free and Top Paid.
Apparently you don't understand that this is BRAND NEW and it's going to take a bit of time for people to settle in and get used to this.

Darrah Ford said
This platform Metro can't even get native Youtube and Facebook apps and app submissions have been open to devs for more than a year.
That's not Microsoft's fault.

Darrah Ford said,

This platform Metro can't even get native Youtube and Facebook apps and app submissions have been open to devs for more than a year.

No, not even close. It took me FOREVER to get permission to publish to the Windows Store... and Microsoft lists one of my apps in one of the "app collections" for Windows Phone.

dtourond said,

That's not Microsoft's fault.

Are you kidding me? Off course its MS fault.
If Windows crashes due to crapfest drivers or software, its also always been Microsoft's fault.
Blaming anyone else for 3rd party incompetence is absolute nonsense and considered blasphemous on the internets.

Shadowzz said
Are you kidding me? Off course its MS fault...
Actually it is, but I guess if you keep repeating the same thing over again you eventually start believing it..

It's not Microsofts fault because they're not responsible for making the apps for the companies. Apple didn't create a Facebook app for iOS. Facebook wrote their app for Apple. You see, the company writes it for the platform, not the other way around.

If Google wants to act like a child and not code for Windows 8, then it only proves more of how childish they can really be...

If you're going to write stupid comments like that (to say the least), then you shouldn't be on this website.

What was the name of the Microsoft exec, that confidently stated there would be 150,000 apps in the store within 3 months?

He was probably including the desktop software that can be listed in the Windows Store, but aren't included in the 39,000 figure.

They are actually pretty strict about including apps in the Windows Store - more strict than for Windows Phone. They will reject apps if they don't think it's useful. I have seen it happen.

BTW, you're wrong. Keith Lorizio said 100,000.

Edited by rfirth, Jan 27 2013, 11:23pm :

rfirth said,

They will reject apps if they don't think it's useful. I have seen it happen.

if that the case, 98% of those apps should be removed.

99%... There's probably 10-15 apps that are worth installing and most if not all of them have severely limited functionality. I can't name a single Windows store app that doesn't have 10+ better alternatives that were developed years ago...

Obry said,
99%... There's probably 10-15 apps that are worth installing and most if not all of them have severely limited functionality. I can't name a single Windows store app that doesn't have 10+ better alternatives that were developed years ago...

excactly!

Obry said,
There's probably 10-15 apps that are worth installing and most if not all of them have severely limited functionality. I can't name a single Windows store app that doesn't have 10+ better alternatives that were developed years ago...
Well that only depends on your needs/wants. I've got 57 apps in total. The numbers are always different depending on one's needs/wants.

True but when I see video apps for $1.99 in the store that are just skins for the video app (no new functionality whatsoever) I wonder how in the world they got allowed into the store. And who was suckered into buying them?

Sadelwo said
True but when I see video apps for $1.99 in the store that are just skins for the video app (no new functionality whatsoever) I wonder how in the world they got allowed into the store. And who was suckered into buying them?
I sometimes wonder that too, but every platform has weird apps like that.