Report: Windows Store now has over 65,000 Windows 8 apps

On March 23rd, the Windows Store exceeded the 50,000 Windows 8 app mark, about five months after the launch of Microsoft's latest OS. Today, a check of a website that monitors the number of apps in the store shows that there are currently 65,891 Modern apps that are available for download worldwide.

The third party MetroStore Scanner website posted the updated numbers today, showing that there's been a significant number of new apps added to the store in the past few weeks, compared to the first quarter of 2013 where the numbers of published apps seemed to slow down. It should be said that Microsoft has never issued any official Windows 8 app numbers on its own.

While the Windows Store is still filled with a ton of RSS feeds that have been converted to apps, there's been some interesting new additions and updates in the store since it went past the 50,000 mark in late March. Microsoft has launched major updates for many of its own in-house developed apps, including Xbox Video, Skype, the Bing-based apps and more. New third party Windows 8 apps include MLB.TV, Nokia Music, Deezer and GEICO Insurance.

Microsoft has plans to launch a number of new Windows 8 apps in the coming months, based on the leaked builds of the Windows 8.1 OS, including an alarm, calculator and an app called Movie Moments that seems to be an automated video editor.

Source: MetroStore Scanner | Image via MetroStore Scanner

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I never use apps on my Win8 PC. I just use a browser. Only thing I use is the weather tile, mail tile and calender tile. And I say TILE. Cause when I see I have email I open my browser and go to my mail. I don't see myself using Windows 8 apps on a non touch device ever. A browser with tabs just works faster and better.

Windows 8 would be perfect for me if MS had some sort of "desktop theme" for the start screen so that everything looks one cohesive system. I think there would be a lot less criticism for Win8 than there is now.

And if its anything like Apple & Google's apps store 95% of the apps are complete garbage.
they really need to stop pushing the app count.

Also, people tend to add the phone/tablets apps into one big number, as the MS App Store is just Modern UI apps, with a touch of links to desktop apps.

When people talk about apps, it's mostly about PHONES.....

Isn't that the same for desktop software?
e.g. There's a gazillion replacement versions for the file explorer, but most of them are ****. The fact that they're hard to find without a store, doesn't mean the quality in the store is automatically better.

This will get better in time, as crap apps will ultimately just fade away due to bad reviews or lack of sales.
The Android and iOS marketplace have been wiped already in the past, as they also understand it's quality, not quantity that matters..

65K+ and most are absolute garbage. I keep updating and installing apps hoping I'll start using something, anything but it's all complete junk that you literally need to force yourself to like...

Go nag those companies to see when the W8 apps come out.

But nooooo....... Blame MS instead.....

And sometimes just accessing the website is just... simpler...

Dot Matrix said,
Still no FACEBOOK, TUMBLR, LINKDIN, PANDORA, etc. Where is Microsoft with these? These are killer apps people want and need!

Quidco and FlipBoard, too

Dot Matrix said,
Still no FACEBOOK, TUMBLR, LINKDIN, PANDORA, etc. Where is Microsoft with these? These are killer apps people want and need!

This right there is what I don't understand about the app craze. Why do I need an app for facebook? It works just fine in IE10. So do most other websites that people seem to clamor for an app. On a phone with a tiny screen I can understand that an app for a webpage might work better, but on a 10" tablet (or larger screen) I just don't see much point. It just takes space on the drive and clutters up the start screen.

Dot Matrix said,
Still no FACEBOOK, TUMBLR, LINKDIN, PANDORA, etc. Where is Microsoft with these? These are killer apps people want and need!

They have this app called Internet Explorer. Try this. Somehow it helps bringing Webpage functionality on a system

-adrian- said,

They have this app called Internet Explorer. Try this. Somehow it helps bringing Webpage functionality on a system

If we wanted only web pages we'd all use chromebooks...

thealexweb said,

If we wanted only web pages we'd all use chromebooks...

I thought you would use Windows for proper applications that DO NOT exist in a Homepage yet

-adrian- said,

They have this app called Internet Explorer. Try this. Somehow it helps bringing Webpage functionality on a system

Like webpages are touch and mobile friendly.

The point of those apps in the first place is because they were a pain to access on mobile devices. Now that you have IE10 with nearly full flash support, any website should work. It isn't an app has to be made, they should just make their websites more touch friendly.

But there are 1,000 other *good* apps there and 64,000 cookbooks of 10 recipes and assorted crapware from India.

And I still can't send photos or videos, change colour templates, or use custom or most regular emoticons on the Messaging app unless the person I'm chatting with is as well.

That's intuitive!

ambiance said,
And I still can't send photos or videos, change colour templates, or use custom or most regular emoticons on the Messaging app unless the person I'm chatting with is as well.

That's intuitive!


Still better than the Win7 message program

Yeah, no. I like the design of the new app, but the old version had custom emoticon support and emoticons would work regardless of what client you were using.

Also, why am I even bothering to reply to such an insightful comment?