Report: Windows Store for Windows 8 now has over 7,000 apps

While many are suggesting that there are not enough "Modern" UI apps for Windows 8 available to download from the Windows Store, the truth is that Microsoft has been very busy publishing a lot of apps in the store on the eve of the Windows 8 launch on Friday.

Wes Miller, the Research VP at the third party analyst company Directions on Microsoft, has been keeping track of the number of Windows 8 apps published in the store for some time. Last week, he claimed there was a worldwide total of 5,563 Windows 8 apps in the store.

Today, Miller posted up yet another new update, which says that, according to his numbers  there are now a total of 7,873 worldwide Windows 8 apps in the store. That's an increase of over 2,000 apps compared to a week ago and represents the biggest growth spurt yet for the number of apps in the storefront.

Microsoft will likely reveal even more Windows 8 apps at its press event on Thursday in New York City. Will we see an official Facebook or Twitter app for the OS announced? We will be there to cover it for Neowin.

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and that's 7000 crap apps if your location is EU/US. Try setting your location to somewhere in Asia ... see the number of apps available SIGNIFICANTLY drop. What's left is pure ****.

Win8 apps should be RF.

7000 poimtless apps, the design is horible !! On most of the apps the UI is like a colored windows 95 with big box-like graphics

RvXtm said,
7000 poimtless apps, the design is horible !! On most of the apps the UI is like a colored windows 95 with big box-like graphics

no, Skype, One Note MX, Cheezburger, Xbox Music, NewsBento, Music Maker Jam, MetroTwit are example of quality (and beautiful) apps already available on Windows Store

The number of apps should jump sharply once the actual hardware goes on sale tomorrow. It'd make for some nice headlines if MS is holding back a good chunk of apps for the event later today as well. If something like 10k apps hit the store when the event starts/ends I'd say that's a nice bonus. Plus if they are holding things back you can bet it'd be some big name stuff that people know well, like official FB and Twitter apps etc.

GP007 said,
The number of apps should jump sharply once the actual hardware goes on sale tomorrow. It'd make for some nice headlines if MS is holding back a good chunk of apps for the event later today as well. If something like 10k apps hit the store when the event starts/ends I'd say that's a nice bonus. Plus if they are holding things back you can bet it'd be some big name stuff that people know well, like official FB and Twitter apps etc.

They are!! Don't forget Skype and all the games coming out of Microsoft Studios!

7k apps design specifically for Windows 8, compare that to the how many (what hundreds of thousands? millions?) of apps that are already out there that are Windows compatible. People are always going to find something to bash MS about. The simple fact is they don't need to redesign the wheel when you are talking about a full blown OS that is capable of running everything on the market today.

Side note - you can even run android apps through emulation with something like Bluestacks. Can you do that with your iPad??

"According to his numbers"? Pffft. ANYone can get those numbers, just do a search in the store for *.

UK store app count is currently at 3823. I doubt his count is for anything other than US markets.

Albert said,
wow. 7000 apps. that's a lot. /s

For an unreleased product it sure is. And it will be much bigger on release.

Apps I love so far... Netflix, Newegg, Google Search, Skype, Cocktail Flow, Xbox Smart Glass... just to name a few! Looking better everyday!

So let me guess, you gotta try out 1000 apps of the same nature to find the one that actually works and is good? No thanx.

Well on my PC i use stuff like photoshop, notepad++, dreamweaver, filezilla, chrome, facebook, twitter, tumblr and play OpenTTD. If those sorts come along I might be persuaded.

technikal said,
Well on my PC i use stuff like photoshop, notepad++, dreamweaver, filezilla, chrome, facebook, twitter, tumblr and play OpenTTD. If those sorts come along I might be persuaded.

I'm waiting for OpenTTD to be metro-ized... considering there is an android version, i'm hoping there will be a WP/W8 version
Oh and if you're hoping for a photoshop or IDE to be metro-ized... it'll be a while before that happends.

jasonon said,
100,000 by halloween. no i'm kidding. but seriously, none of the apps in there are any good

OneNoteMX, Skype, Evernote, Multimedia 8, Metro Commander, Xbox SmartGlass

How about them for your "no good"?

From what I understand there are a TON of apps waiting for Friday to be released. I expect there to be over 25,000 on Friday.

SteveyAyo said,
From what I understand there are a TON of apps waiting for Friday to be released. I expect there to be over 25,000 on Friday.

Please, release all of those hopes. It will be better if you are surprised.

SteveyAyo said,

K troll

Really? Troll? I was being sincere as I don't believe there will be that many apps by TO ORROW. Unless you were being sarcastic. Please don't make assumptions of trolling. I don't do such silly behavior.

Inevitable comparisons to competing stores' app counts will no doubt overlook the Windows Store's integrated trial functionality (other stores list free/trial versions separately, so many apps are counted twice).

Thinking the same thing, deliver the top 50 most popular apps and most would be happy... 100,000 and missing the few you really want means "this sucks".

myxomatosis said,
Tell us how many USEFUL apps there is on the Store

useful and/or well-designed.

As far as I can see, the number would be embarrassingly low.

myxomatosis said,
"7,000" means nothing. Tell us how many USEFUL apps there is on the Store

That is not the standard that was set by Microsoft's competition. I didn't watch the presentation yesterday, but I can assume that Apple trotted out some big number of apps on their store, and bragged about the number of iPad only apps. Then others turn around and talk about how there are "only" 120,000 apps for WP7, and now "only" 7000 apps for the Win8 store.

The truth is, on my i5 Asus EP121 tablet I have 7000 apps, plus millions more for the desktop. The truth is the iPad launched with only 3000 apps, but nobody criticized that number. The truth is Apple does not get up and say "We have x apps on our store, but only y of them are of quality." The truth is it took the Apple app store nearly 4 months after release to reach 7500 apps. Nobody questions if every single one of those Apple apps are of quality, but we don't need to worry about them - it is Microsoft that needs to be criticized for their app count.

I could go through the Apple app store on my iPad or iTouch and find many apps that are of low quality, apps that are just wrappers for web pages. But we hear complaints that there is no Win8 Facebook app, and then when there would be one released, complaints that it is a web page app will flow, just as we have seen about some of the web page based apps on the Win8 market.

nohone said,

That is not the standard that was set by Microsoft's competition. I didn't watch the presentation yesterday, but I can assume that Apple trotted out some big number of apps on their store, and bragged about the number of iPad only apps. Then others turn around and talk about how there are "only" 120,000 apps for WP7, and now "only" 7000 apps for the Win8 store.

The truth is, on my i5 Asus EP121 tablet I have 7000 apps, plus millions more for the desktop. The truth is the iPad launched with only 3000 apps, but nobody criticized that number. The truth is Apple does not get up and say "We have x apps on our store, but only y of them are of quality." The truth is it took the Apple app store nearly 4 months after release to reach 7500 apps. Nobody questions if every single one of those Apple apps are of quality, but we don't need to worry about them - it is Microsoft that needs to be criticized for their app count.

I could go through the Apple app store on my iPad or iTouch and find many apps that are of low quality, apps that are just wrappers for web pages. But we hear complaints that there is no Win8 Facebook app, and then when there would be one released, complaints that it is a web page app will flow, just as we have seen about some of the web page based apps on the Win8 market.

I hear you man. I am just going to be patient here and come back in 12 months time and then we can see a better picture of where Windows 8 is at. The apps will come. Slowly, but steadily. I keep saying this - Slow and Steady wins the race. Always has. If you look at Microsoft's history, that's how they roll. SLOW & STEADY - Windows XP, IE, XBOX, Office, Windows Server, etc.

I think they just need to focus on quality and not quantity.

I keep hearing from people that apple still has way more.
This focus on how many apps are available I think is crazy.
How many scare apps and useless games do we really need

Vince2012 said,
I think they just need to focus on quality and not quantity.

I keep hearing from people that apple still has way more.
This focus on how many apps are available I think is crazy.
How many scare apps and useless games do we really need

In a world where people think, that should have been that case but unfortunately not. It has all become a numbers game. so they must play.

I'd love to see HBO Go and Amazon Prime Video hit the store. I mean the rest are awesome for everyone else of course...but those are the final 2 I need at the moment to make my app collection fairly complete

gullygod said,
I'm looking for HBO Go, Max Go, all Amazon apps, Penultimate, TuneInPro, and all adobe apps.

HBO Go or a XFINITY app.

gullygod said,
I'm looking for HBO Go, Max Go, all Amazon apps, Penultimate, TuneInPro, and all adobe apps.

Adobe will probably be a while.

aviator189 said,
Hopefully, it does hit that 100k milestone by january.

Unfortunately the media trolls keep trolling even thought the average user does not use more than 10 apps. They might install many, myself included but never used more than 10. Sure most people want apps for things like facebook but it boggles me because using the website is so much easier and familiar to most that there should be no need for an app and Windows.

nickcruz said,

Unfortunately the media trolls keep trolling even thought the average user does not use more than 10 apps. They might install many, myself included but never used more than 10. Sure most people want apps for things like facebook but it boggles me because using the website is so much easier and familiar to most that there should be no need for an app and Windows.

I like metrotwit and not even looking towards the official twitter application.

aviator189 said,
Hopefully, it does hit that 100k milestone by january.

Imo, the quantity of apps is irrelevant, I just want a whole bunch of big players to release offical apps. Facebook, twitter, BBC News, etc.