Report: Over 9,000 Windows 8 apps for launch day

Microsoft has declined constantly to say how many Windows 8 apps have been published so far in the Windows Store. At Microsoft's launch event for Windows 8 on Thursday, Windows leader Steven Sinofsky would only say that Windows 8 had more apps available to download than any other OS had for their launch.

Now, a third party website,, claims that for the actual launch date of Windows 8, October 26th, the Windows Store had 9,029 distinct apps to download worldwide. These numbers do not include desktop apps, which can be listed in the Windows Store but are actually downloaded through other websites.

The same site on Wednesday claimed that the Windows Store had 7,873 apps for download. A week before, the Windows Store had 5,563 apps available for users.

Of those apps, the Chinese Windows Store had the most localized apps at 5,553. The US market is slightly behind at 5,179 apps. Every Windows Store marketplace has over 4,000 localized apps, according to the site. 83 percent of the apps are completely free. About six percent of the apps in the store don't currently support Windows RT.

The Games category continue to claim the biggest percentage of Windows 8 apps with 17 percent, followed by a three way tie for second place for Education, Entertainment and Productivity apps at 12 percent each.

Source: WinAppUpdate | Image via WinAppUpdate

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b_roca said,
How many worth using? I'm struggling to see more than 20 at a push..

I'll just name a few more than 20 off the top of my head.

OneNote MX
Team Viewer Touch
Cocktail Flow
NBC News
USA Today
BBC Mobile
TuneIn Radio
Hulu Plus
Daily Wallpaper
Weather Flow
Weather Bug
Angry Birds Space
Cut the Rope
Ultra Violet Dawn
All Recipes
Cook Book
Digital Folio
Quick Note
XE Currency
iheart Radio
Fruit Ninja
Hydro Thunder Go
Doodle God
Doodle Devil
Fresh Paint
Encyclopedia Brittanica

I can do this forever... well for a very long time anyway. Not to mention, I didn't even list apps from a lot of categories. Now, did you mean worth using to YOU? Which, as we all know, is subjective. There's plenty there already for anyone who cares to look. Just remember, one man's trash is another man's treasure.

b_roca said,
How many worth using? I'm struggling to see more than 20 at a push..

People ask this but it's a silly question really. What apps you find good or something else does will probably never match. Saying I can't find any or not many I bet you doesn't mean the next guy can't. Those who don't see stuff they like will just have to wait longer, nothing to do about it at this point.

PALMERx64 said,

After someone just said it's subjective and depends from person to person based on what they do/use, it doesn't make much sense to follow it up by saying that there are less usable ones on another system... Frankly, it's true, it depends on the person, it's completely subjective.


No, see, the point is, since any Chromebook app is browser-based, it can be installed on any platform with Chrome browser support. Thus, any platform with Chrome browser support will always have more apps than the Chromebook.

FoxieFoxie said,
Someoen needs to make a Ballmer + Vegeta mashup

Ballmer wouldn't be the one angry about it. It'd have to be Eric Schmidt smashing his Google glasses.

Joshie said,

Ballmer wouldn't be the one angry about it. It'd have to be Eric Schmidt smashing his Google glasses.

I so want to see this!

sat2012 said,
I disappointed with Microsoft stock music app, it's not even close to windows media player.

Keep in mind the Xbox Music app is at version 1.5.1 iirc, while WMP is up to version 12. I dunno how feature rich MS plans to make the Xbox Music app but if they don't someone else will make a player with more features at some point. There's really nothing stopping players like VLC, Zoom Player and so on from having metro versions.

Impressive numbers for launch. Unfortunately people won't compare it with iPad or Android tabs launch numbers and only with current numbers.

Was just thinking, though, about how many 'programs' I installed on my PC. Why is this app number so important when we all strive to keep our PC's so clean of redundant software???

tuneslover said,
This news is just stupid. Windows 8 already has several millions apps.

Windows has millions of applications and now 9000 apps. Never allow Apple fans to confuse reality, apps are not real applications.

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