Report: Windows Store exceeds 20,000 Windows 8 apps mark

When Windows 8 was officially launched just over four weeks ago by Microsoft, the company did not go into specifics of how many apps made for the "Modern" UI were available to download from the Windows Store. However, a report from WinAppUpdate.com claimed there were over 9,000 apps worldwide available for download for the launch date.

This week, the same people behind that site posted up a new app number update on their Twitter account. According to their data, as of Thursday the number of Windows 8 apps in the store number "20,610 apps worldwide." The number of apps exceeded the 20,000 mark on Tuesday, they claim.

Of that number, 87 percent of the apps in the store (17,958) are free to download. As we have mentioned before, WinAppUpdate.com does not count desktop apps in its numbers. Desktop apps are listed in the store but users cannot actually purchase or download those apps in the store itself.

These new figures mean that Microsoft has been publishing more than 2,500 new Windows 8 apps to the Store every week since the launch of the OS. If this pace continues, the Windows Store could reach the 50,000 app mark well before the end of March 2013.

Source: WinAppUpdate on Twitter | Image via djepi

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Phouchg said,
Of that number, 99 percent are useless.

Word. I can't believe how many clock apps there are that can't give you a live tile filled with a large clock. Most of them don't even have a live tile! On the other hand, Music Maker Jam is an awesome app.

but...but... developers don't like windows 8,they will switch to Linux,or mac

and then......

mac app store only has 12,000 apps from the last 2 years

trolol

vcfan said,
but...but... developers don't like windows 8,they will switch to Linux,or mac

and then......

mac app store only has 12,000 apps from the last 2 years

trolol

How do you know the number of apps in the Mac App Store? I have been trying to find the number for ages. Or is this just your guess?

I don't really care how many are there. I care if I can find the apps I want. It does take a lot of surfing through junk (10 apps that could be combined into one increase the count and the turd level).
The store helps sort it somewhat, but only once an app gets several ratings. I wish though it was easier to find new apps, the Newest Releases doesn't show all new apps. I have to go into each section and re-sort to new to see the real new releases.
The Windows Store is quite a chore at the moment (not to mention it can't find my internet a lot).

If the MS store will just have as much crapware as the other platforms they are too far behind, it won't help. Just look at the good apps.

MS needs quality apps to take credit card payments using peripherals readers for Surface and Windows Phone. It needs to work with Bluetooth heart rate monitors and have the best fitness apps for Surface and Phone.. It's needs its Infinity Blade and other great games.

I'd rather see the MS store with half as many total apps, and twice as many high quality apps.

MorganX said,
If the MS store will just have as much crapware as the other platforms they are too far behind, it won't help. Just look at the good apps.

MS needs quality apps to take credit card payments using peripherals readers for Surface and Windows Phone. It needs to work with Bluetooth heart rate monitors and have the best fitness apps for Surface and Phone.. It's needs its Infinity Blade and other great games.

I'd rather see the MS store with half as many total apps, and twice as many high quality apps.

20,000 crap apps will give other developers to also produce crap apps. Once there are 50,000 crap apps the quality developers will become interested. It's a numbers game, and 20,000 is a good number this early on.

Not to mention that there is some good stuff out there. There are also many more on their way, and most quality apps take time. So in a few months it will have grown into a very competitive marketplace. Which will only speed up the cycle of quality app releases.

exotoxic said,
didn't they want 100k on launch??

I don't think they ever said that, maybe a year after release they want 100,000
That seems more reasonable

I cant wait to get the ativ pro or surface pro... but Samsung and acer are messing up... cant find their products in the UK. I know playing games on the tablet will be nothing like before... even the Ipad cant come close. cant wait.

JHBrown said,
Still rubbish! This is suppose to sway people to Windows 8?

So when would it start to be not rubbish and why, Mr. Clever?

The Apps that I've found which are good:
1. Khan Academy
2. Advanced English Dictionary (recently updated; excellent features)
3. Toolbox
4. Bento Newsreader
5. Pandora
6. Music Maker Jam
7. Sticky Tiles
8. Jetpack Joyride (just a super fun game)

devHead said,
The Apps that I've found which are good:
1. Khan Academy
2. Advanced English Dictionary (recently updated; excellent features)
3. Toolbox
4. Bento Newsreader
5. Pandora
6. Music Maker Jam
7. Sticky Tiles
8. Jetpack Joyride (just a super fun game)

If you like Music Maker Jam, try my app Wavematrix.

I cant wait for the 25,000 news post...

Seriously why not do some news posts on useful apps for Windows 8, numbers mean nothing when the majority of the 20,000 are useless.

I would be interested in seeing news posts on good apps... do a featured app of the week or something.

InsaneNutter said,

I would be interested in seeing news posts on good apps... do a featured app of the week or something.

I think they are already doing that with those app dev interviews.

That's cool. The app in the screenshot is made by a Neowin member. I wish my app (Wavematrix) could make it to the headlines too.

Well, considering that i use windows 8 on my laptop, I could care less about the apps when ive got the desktop right there for everything.

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