Report: Windows Store exceeds 50,000 Windows 8 app mark

A few weeks ago, we noted that the Windows Store section of Windows 8 only had 44,680 worldwide apps at the end of February. It was a noticeable slowdown in the number of new apps added to the store after a surge of apps were published between the launch of Windows 8 in October and the end of 2012.

This month, it appears that Microsoft has increased the number of Windows 8 apps in the Windows Store. Today, the MetroStore Scanner website, which records just how many apps are available in the store, showed that it has reached and exceeded the 50,000 app mark. The exact number is 50,304, according to the website. Microsoft has never offered their own official Windows 8 app numbers.

Before some people get too excited celebrating the fact that the Windows Store now has over 50,000 apps, it must be noted that there is still a lack of new quality apps being published in the store. Indeed, we suspect part of the reason for the surge in the app numbers this month is because of one company, Ranyant Systems. The Northern Ireland-based company has flooded the Windows Store in the past few weeks with free Windows 8 apps, each of which cover a specific soccer team. At the moment, Microsoft has published over 400 of Ranyart's apps.

We have seen a little more activity in terms of high end Windows 8 apps being published in the last few weeks, such as the launch of the official Twitter app. Microsoft also is apparently getting ready to launch updates for all of its in-house Windows 8 apps such as Mail, Xbox Music and more.

Source: MetroStore Scanner | Image via MetroStore Scanner

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The number is hardly relevant... Instead, the articles should focus on where the focus lies. An example is like if there are no bank apps. A breakdown would be cool: do all the big companies have the "big apps" (such as Facebook), do they have all the major bank apps, etc.

Instead we get these milestones that doesn't really mean anything to the user.

I am Android user and I think there are too many apps. I have a hard time finding good ones as they're hidden there somewhere. Also, never mind the other tens of thousands I don't need.

Every app store has crappy apps, but there's just not that many well-known, quality apps in the Windows Store that the crappy ones appear to dominate it. Microsoft should be less concerned about quantity and get some quality apps like Facebook, Tweetdeck, Instagram, etc... And these apps needs to be made with some thought, not just a single column in the center of the screen (I'm looking at you Twitter) or simple blocks with RSS feeds. And these apps need to work properly. They need to refresh the content they offer consistently - unlike the official People hub which is complete $h!t.

The majority of apps on the Windows Store are Celebrity Pro apps for 1.99.

Rihanna Pro, Lindsay Lohan Pro, Katy Perry Pro etc. Look for yourself.

Enron said,
Someone doesn't know the definition of majority.

I agree, the majority of apps on the Windows Store are weather apps. Weather in Sidney, Weather in Delaware, Weather in NY... sheesh.

On the iOS store:
37 Rihanna apps
4 Lindsay Lohan apps
84 Katy Perry apps
402 Justin Bieber apps

Wow! That is hilarious! the iOS store is full of crap! Of course, having 700,000 iOS apps, with much of it being crap is a good thing, right?


Edit: Oh, and there is not one single Lindsay Lohan app on the Win8 store.

Going out to googleplay.com:

"At least 1000 results" for Rihanna
203 results for Lindsay Lohan
"At least 1000 results" for Katy Perry
"At least 1000 results" for Justin Bieber

Wow! Just wow. Android is even crappier than iOS! But what we can learn from this is, going by the majority of crap apps on iOS and Android, Lindsay needs to publicize more. She needs to flood the iOS and GooglePlay stores with more junk apps like developers do for those other "stars."

What stinks is iOS and Windows Store requires an approval process. So the fact that Microsoft allows it all would prove they are no better. Anyway, I hardly use the Start Screen.

SoylentG said,
On the iOS store:
37 Rihanna apps
4 Lindsay Lohan apps
84 Katy Perry apps
402 Justin Bieber apps

Wow! That is hilarious! the iOS store is full of crap! Of course, having 700,000 iOS apps, with much of it being crap is a good thing, right?


Edit: Oh, and there is not one single Lindsay Lohan app on the Win8 store.


There's 6 in the Windows store. Obviously there's a need for at least 400 more.

Ranyant Systems. The Northern Ireland-based company has flooded the Windows Store in the past few weeks with free Windows 8 apps, each of which cover a specific soccer team. At the moment, Microsoft has published over 400 of Ranyart's apps.

go look at android and ios,and tell me there aren't single developers flooding the place with crap. its even worse.

vcfan said,

go look at android and ios,and tell me there aren't single developers flooding the place with crap. its even worse.

At least neither Apple nor Google are paying publishers $100 USD per app.

fobban said,
At least neither Apple nor Google are paying publishers $100 USD per app.

No, they don't. They don't care if devs make money for their time, they just want to get as many apps on their store as possible so they can brag about the number of apps they have and increase their bottom line.

fobban said,
At least neither Apple nor Google are paying publishers $100 USD per app.

what the hell does that have to do with anything im saying? first of all,thats only for windows phone anyways,this is about windows store for win8. second of all,they just began this promotion,again totally irrelevant to what im talking about. and third,paying devs up to $2000 is a nice gesture from a company that always has been giving free and cheap software to young devs and students. it has nothing to do with padding a windows phone store that has already 150k apps. the promotion ends when there are 10k apps,its hardly trying to pad app numbers.

vcfan said,

what the hell does that have to do with anything im saying? first of all,thats only for windows phone anyways,this is about windows store for win8. second of all,they just began this promotion,again totally irrelevant to what im talking about. and third,paying devs up to $2000 is a nice gesture from a company that always has been giving free and cheap software to young devs and students. it has nothing to do with padding a windows phone store that has already 150k apps. the promotion ends when there are 10k apps,its hardly trying to pad app numbers.

It's not only for WP8. 10 apps for WP8, and 10 apps for Windows 8, totaling $2000 USD.

I agree it's a nice gesture from MS, but it certainly won't promote quality apps. How many hours do you think a professional developer can work for $100?

This is a simply trick from Microsoft to try to boost the numbers, not the quality, and personally I'll take quality over quantity any day.

fobban said,
It's not only for WP8. 10 apps for WP8, and 10 apps for Windows 8, totaling $2000 USD.

I agree it's a nice gesture from MS, but it certainly won't promote quality apps. How many hours do you think a professional developer can work for $100?

This is a simply trick from Microsoft to try to boost the numbers, not the quality, and personally I'll take quality over quantity any day.

I'm sure there has to be some kind of requirement to get the $100. Otherwise I'll submit "Hello World" in 30 different languages (one app for each language) and profit.

vcfan said,

what the hell does that have to do with anything im saying? first of all,thats only for windows phone anyways,this is about windows store for win8. second of all,they just began this promotion,again totally irrelevant to what im talking about. and third,paying devs up to $2000 is a nice gesture from a company that always has been giving free and cheap software to young devs and students. it has nothing to do with padding a windows phone store that has already 150k apps. the promotion ends when there are 10k apps,its hardly trying to pad app numbers.

It has nothing to do with what you wrote. See, when the iPhone was first released, and a **year** later it started getting the first apps, all the web sites were "Hey, look, iPhone has 100 apps! Isn't it great?" nobody complained about the low number of apps. Nobody complained about the poor quality of the apps. No, you were a hater if you said that Windows had millions of apps. You were a hater if you pointed out that some of those first apps were fart apps. And when every web site triumphantly reported that there was 101 apps, 102 apps, it was a badge of honor to be the first to write how many apps were on the App Store. At the time, when people would point and laugh at the Mac because of the relatively few apps compared to Windows, the argument was always that the number of apps didn't matter. In fact, many said that it was a good thing, because it made the Mac exclusive, while Windows was for everybody. Much like at the time, Apple didn't care about profits, they cared about their users. And we see how that has turned when Apple started making billions off the iPhone. Here we have MS caring about their users, wanting to get more apps in the store, and that is something to be derided and attacked.

We had, as the article states, an article that the Win8 store was slowing in the number of apps. They wanted to hear that, because it was proof that Win8 was a failure - and don't try to dispute it, because it means that you were trying to oppress their opinion. And now that MS is giving out a little money for apps, to try to encourage people to produce more apps when people are trying to argue that there are no apps, they need to start proclaiming that it will cause a flood of bad apps. Just because it will cause a flood of apps, and yes, some may be bad, it does not mean that they need to download them, they just need to complain because it means that some, encouraged to write a new app, may be successful on a non-iOS or Android platform, and we cannot have that, can we?

The dirty little secret is that on the iOS App Store, there are 700,000+ apps, but except for what is in the top 100 as displayed on the store app, there are very few apps that are of quality. Stories are abound of apps that sell only a few copies, and 1000s of fart apps. But you don't hear those that are "concerned" about app quality on the Win8 store complain about the bad apps for iOS, they just laugh and promptly throw out the 700,000 number as if all those apps are quality and manufacturing thousands of iOS developer millionaires.

vcfan said,

what the hell does that have to do with anything im saying? first of all,thats only for windows phone anyways,this is about windows store for win8. second of all,they just began this promotion,again totally irrelevant to what im talking about. and third,paying devs up to $2000 is a nice gesture from a company that always has been giving free and cheap software to young devs and students. it has nothing to do with padding a windows phone store that has already 150k apps. the promotion ends when there are 10k apps,its hardly trying to pad app numbers.

It means Apple or Google does not need to use money to buy developers to make for their applications and there is still so many.

Google and Apple have the same issue with (cr)Apps. This is why I personally dont care about the numbers but others do so its good that Windows 8 also has its share of (cr)Apps.

In the mean time this 50,000 also includes some really good apps. I have Metro Social for Facebook, Showtime for cinema, Wikipedia, Primetime for tv shows, Primetube for youtube and Endomondo for running. I have national apps for news, public transport, missed tv programs, TVguide and they all come with a nice live tile. On top of that Microsoft's (modern) OneNote apps is awesome.

I just hope they improve Skype and the Xbox services in the near future. When they do I think my needs are satisfied. Perhaps a good game every now and then would also be good. But for now I'm happy with Flow Free, Roman Empire, Soul Gambler and Game De Tycoon.

Ronnet said,
Google and Apple have the same issue with (cr)Apps. This is why I personally dont care about the numbers but others do so its good that Windows 8 also has its share of (cr)Apps.

In the mean time this 50,000 also includes some really good apps. I have Metro Social for Facebook, Showtime for cinema, Wikipedia, Primetime for tv shows, Primetube for youtube and Endomondo for running. I have national apps for news, public transport, missed tv programs, TVguide and they all come with a nice live tile. On top of that Microsoft's (modern) OneNote apps is awesome.

I just hope they improve Skype and the Xbox services in the near future. When they do I think my needs are satisfied. Perhaps a good game every now and then would also be good. But for now I'm happy with Flow Free, Roman Empire, Soul Gambler and Game De Tycoon.

You just named all the apps that Google Play store and Apple App Store has?

tanjiajun_34 said,

You just named all the apps that Google Play store and Apple App Store has?

..uuhmm.. no.. I did not... I named a couple of apps that the Windows Store has. What are you talking about??

Ronnet said,

..uuhmm.. no.. I did not... I named a couple of apps that the Windows Store has. What are you talking about??

I mean I thought those apps functions can be found on other app store anyway...

who cares about the apps in the store? there are millions of software for windows and who cares if android has 700.000 apps if 90% of them is garbage

But you are not allowed to use those numbers because it will make iOS/Android stores look small in comparison. I am typing this on my Surface Pro, with Visual Studio, SQL Server Management Studio, and PhotoShop running in the background, recharging my Bluetooth headset, and have nearly 20 years of 32bit apps (since Win95) available to install. You are only allowed to compare the "bad" parts (battery, weight, size, it has a fan) of Surface Pro to iPad/Android because that makes it look bad.

SoylentG said,
But you are not allowed to use those numbers because it will make iOS/Android stores look small in comparison. I am typing this on my Surface Pro, with Visual Studio, SQL Server Management Studio, and PhotoShop running in the background, recharging my Bluetooth headset, and have nearly 20 years of 32bit apps (since Win95) available to install. You are only allowed to compare the "bad" parts (battery, weight, size, it has a fan) of Surface Pro to iPad/Android because that makes it look bad.

im playing black ops II while ios/android guys are playing modern kombat LOL

SoylentG said,
But you are not allowed to use those numbers because it will make iOS/Android stores look small in comparison. I am typing this on my Surface Pro, with Visual Studio, SQL Server Management Studio, and PhotoShop running in the background, recharging my Bluetooth headset, and have nearly 20 years of 32bit apps (since Win95) available to install. You are only allowed to compare the "bad" parts (battery, weight, size, it has a fan) of Surface Pro to iPad/Android because that makes it look bad.

Windows 7 can do that without the "Metro Store".

Brony said,

Windows 7 can do that without the "Metro Store".

Yes, you can. But since I have a Surface Pro I can do it with a highly portable computer in tablet form which runs Win8. I cant do this with my other tablet, an iPad. I am even developing an app for the Win8 store on the very same device that runs the app.

Edit: and why would I want to use Win7 when I can use the much better OS that is Win8?

Seeing as the source of this article is MetroStore Scanner, not likely. Last I read, the Google Play Store contains over 700,000 apps.

Is this a troll question? There are millions of applications available for Windows 8 and it is also compatible with millions of hardware designs.

The better question is how many apps are available for the, what some here would like you to think, wildly successful ChomeOS. It has been available for 3.5 years, and with the success that it is, it must have millions of apps by now.

COKid said,
Seeing as the source of this article is MetroStore Scanner, not likely. Last I read, the Google Play Store contains over 700,000 apps.

Yep but I think the OP was getting at the fact that Google has never revealed the number of Tablet Apps in the Google Play Store. That likely means there aren't many. Apple is always touting the 275,000+ Tablet Apps in the iOS store.

What I was getting at was ....

"A few weeks ago, we noted that the Windows Store section of Windows 8 only had 44,680 worldwide apps at the end of February."

We just had an article 2 weeks ago. It seems every week john wants to put up an article about how many Windows 8 apps there are. And its getting annoying!

ShareShiz said,
What I was getting at was ....

"A few weeks ago, we noted that the Windows Store section of Windows 8 only had 44,680 worldwide apps at the end of February."

We just had an article 2 weeks ago. It seems every week john wants to put up an article about how many Windows 8 apps there are. And its getting annoying!

50 000 is an important mark.

ShareShiz said,
What I was getting at was ....

"A few weeks ago, we noted that the Windows Store section of Windows 8 only had 44,680 worldwide apps at the end of February."

We just had an article 2 weeks ago. It seems every week john wants to put up an article about how many Windows 8 apps there are. And its getting annoying!

Don't read them?

COKid said,
Seeing as the source of this article is MetroStore Scanner, not likely. Last I read, the Google Play Store contains over 700,000 apps.

hes talking about tablet apps,something google play doesn't have. just a bunch of primitive phone apps that get pixel scaled to run on tablets. these aren't real tablets,just oversized media players.

ShareShiz said,
What I was getting at was ....

"A few weeks ago, we noted that the Windows Store section of Windows 8 only had 44,680 worldwide apps at the end of February."

We just had an article 2 weeks ago. It seems every week john wants to put up an article about how many Windows 8 apps there are. And its getting annoying!

Engadget, TheVerge, Gizmodo, TUAW, and others all have daily "here is an iOS/Android/Mac store app," and regularly kept updating us with the number of apps available on those platforms, but oddly, never say anything about the Windows store. Do you complain on those web sites also, or do you complain only about the numbers for Windows?

Mikeffer said,
Don't read them?

It's not about that, it's about bias. If there's an article every time the Windows Store adds a few thousands apps yet there isn't one when Google Play or the App Store add tens of thousands of apps then it gives people a warped and misleading sense of the market place. It amounts to little more than advertising for Microsoft.

theyarecomingforyou said,

It's not about that, it's about bias. If there's an article every time the Windows Store adds a few thousands apps yet there isn't one when Google Play or the App Store add tens of thousands of apps then it gives people a warped and misleading sense of the market place. It amounts to little more than advertising for Microsoft.

They do this now for ChromeOS. Every time there is another 1000 apps added to their store, we get an article about it.

Now places like TUAW.com, they only announce app counts for iOS. They re really biased over there.

theyarecomingforyou said,

It's not about that, it's about bias. If there's an article every time the Windows Store adds a few thousands apps yet there isn't one when Google Play or the App Store add tens of thousands of apps then it gives people a warped and misleading sense of the market place. It amounts to little more than advertising for Microsoft.

I think it's about the fact that MS Store is the clear underdog of the three stores and it's good to see how is it catching up (Or if it even will catch up at all). Sure, 1-2k apps and a report maybe isn't the right way but let's say 5-10k would be reasonable.

alwaysonacoffebreak said,
I think it's about the fact that MS Store is the clear underdog of the three stores and it's good to see how is it catching up (Or if it even will catch up at all). Sure, 1-2k apps and a report maybe isn't the right way but let's say 5-10k would be reasonable.

I don't think that the Windows Store should get more attention for being the underdog. If it increases its market share then that should definitely be reported but the app count is largely meaningless and I don't think it should be reported on at all - these articles are basically adverts for Microsoft.

Well considering that sites like 9to5mac do the same basically which could also be considered as adverts for Apple I don't think it's too bad. Agreed to disagree I guess

alwaysonacoffebreak said,
Well considering that sites like 9to5mac do the same basically which could also be considered as adverts for Apple I don't think it's too bad.

But those sites are just as bad.

Studio384 said,
50 000 is an important mark.

Important if you're ignorant to the fact no one person can actually access all 50,000 "apps" due to localization (so in U.S. for example there are actually only twenty-thousand-something accessible), and a lot of the apps are being counted multiple times - one for every localization.

And taking a look at Metrostore scanner, its obvious how the number's been padded - duplicates upon duplicates of the same stupid sports app for example, one for every team. Yes Android and iOS have their share of junk apps, but the difference is KEY tier one apps absent from Metro store that are make or break for consumers.

Real Facebook
Real Instagram
Real Youtube
etc
etc

Instead its crappy clones made by a guy in India and charging $3.99

ShareShiz said
It seems every week john wants to put up an article about how many Windows 8 apps there are. And its getting annoying!
Then don't read the damn article then...