Report: Windows 8 apps now number over 4,000

As we get closer and closer to when millions of PC owners will finally get a chance to get Windows 8, the number of "Modern" UI apps available for download in the Windows Store continues to increase. Today, a report from a third party site claims the number of apps in the store has now exceeded the 4,000 mark.

WinAppUpdate.com says in an update today that the current number of apps in the store is now at 4,326. Last week, the same website claimed there were 3,610 apps in the store. In terms of the app number growth from week-to-week, it has apparently slowed down a bit compared to the last few weeks, but we could see a massive boost in Windows 8 apps available in the store a few days before Windows 8 itself launches on October 26th.

Not surprisingly, the vast majority of apps in the store are free, with the site claiming that the free apps are hovering around the 87 to 88 percent mark. There are about 2,854 Windows 8 apps available for US English users of Windows 8. Microsoft has yet to comment officially on the number of "Modern" UI apps currently published in the Windows Store.

Source: WinAppUpdate.com | Image via WinAppUpdate.com

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I don't usually moan about the stories that are chosen to be posted on the front page, but do we really need to know every time it increases by a few hundred?

warwagon said,
They all probably look the same (Apart from games). Screen filled with squares and rectangles.

And on other platforms with app stores, they all look the same filled with squircles for icons, and list views full of text.

warwagon said,
They all probably look the same (Apart from games). Screen filled with squares and rectangles.

They're worse then that. They're near all rehashs of the same default apps. Of course there are a few gems hidden away, but the store makes it insanly hard to find anything worth using apart from the free junk or popular junk with the latter going to get worse as the userbase grows and people generally just use what 'cool' or at the top of the list rather then whats uselful.

For some developers, they are going to make a lot of money, others are going to waste a lot, but mostly it'll be how well bigger companies can market their offerings and if Microsoft tries to do what they already do on the 360 and promote apps/games via a paid offering, then it'll also turn into who has the biggest budget.

Personally as a developer I hate what Metro apps have become. So far I have 4 apps that I've been contracted to produce and they're pretty much scraping the barrel of what the client wants the app to do. I think they're wasting their money, but they're doing it anyway and its nothing short of recreating webpages in app form. Still, its where the money is and I think it'll be only when some clients give developers the freedom to try something new (other then the basic web->app template) that we'll start to see some pretty amazing metro apps.
I'm going to guess it'll happen in about 18 months time, but until then we're going to have to deal with a load of crap being pushed onto us. Lets just hope that Microsoft can get past that poor app timeline and people don't just push metro to oneside as a lost cause.

tl;dr There is loads of junk on the market place at the moment, its going to take over a year before it gets better.

warwagon said,
They all probably look the same (Apart from games). Screen filled with squares and rectangles.

Something else - if they didn't look the same, then you would be complaining about not following guidelines, no consistency in the UI, blah, blah, blah.

From the looks of the app numbers, it seems that Microsoft (like Google is doing with Android) is accepting any apps into the store. =D From bloatware apps to descent ones.

Princess Chica Ami said,
From the looks of the app numbers, it seems that Microsoft (like Google is doing with Android) is accepting any apps into the store. =D From bloatware apps to descent ones.

Unfortunately that's the only thing the so called "tech blogs" and "geeks" and average buyers care about, numbers.

After the dumb megapixels war of the past, now we have even dumber core count, MHz, benchmark score and app numbers wars. Oh, almost forgot, and the "My phone has a bigger display with something something resolution."

Princess Chica Ami said,
From the looks of the app numbers, it seems that Microsoft (like Google is doing with Android) is accepting any apps into the store. =D From bloatware apps to descent ones.

Yet this argument doesn't apply to Apple's app number?

According to Wikipedia the Apple App store went public on July 10, 2008. By September 9, 2 months later, it had 3000 apps. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/App_Store_(iOS)

Win8 is 16 days until going public, but it already has 4326 apps.

It has a way to go before Win8 catches up, but it is fun to watch people claim that there is no interest in Win8 and the apps for it.

nohone said,
According to Wikipedia the Apple App store went public on July 10, 2008. By September 9, 2 months later, it had 3000 apps. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/App_Store_(iOS)

Win8 is 16 days until going public, but it already has 4326 apps.

It has a way to go before Win8 catches up, but it is fun to watch people claim that there is no interest in Win8 and the apps for it.


I'd really like to see how many iPad apps there were 2 weeks before the iPad launch.

siah1214 said,

I'd really like to see how many iPad apps there were 2 weeks before the iPad launch.

iPad 1 was released April 3, 2010. According to TechCrunch, on April 30, nearly a month later, there was 5351 iPad apps. Can Win8 get 1025 apps in 16 days to catch up to the same number of apps on release day that the iPad had after a month? Being there are 102 new apps posted a day over the past week, it should have no problem getting there. http://techcrunch.com/2010/04/30/number-of-ipad-apps/

Now some could claim that there were many more apps available (from a link in the story above, around 200,000 on April 30) because the iPad can run iPhone apps, also. In that case, I could claim that Win8 has literally millions of apps, since my tablet, Asus EP121, can run all Windows apps.

Enron said,
96,000 to go for Ballmer's prediction!

It might be picky but it wasn't Ballmer who made that prediction