Report: Windows Store reaches 80,000 Windows 8 app mark in June

A couple of weeks ago, Microsoft finally offered some official Windows 8 app numbers for the first time, stating there were over 70,000 apps available from the Windows Store. Now that the month of June has started, it looks like the number of apps in the store continues to increase at a rapid pace.

The third party MetroStore Scanner website, which offers a way to view the apps available on the Windows Store without having to have Windows 8 or RT installed, shows that there are currently 80,302 apps. That's not just a big increase from Microsoft's own numbers, it's also nearly 15,000 more than the 65,891 apps that were in the store on May 1st.

At its current rate of new additions, the Windows Store should reach the coveted 100,000 worldwide app milestone sometime in mid-July, less than a year after the launch of Windows 8. As we reported earlier this week, Microsoft is also working on some all new in-house apps that will be launched as part of the free Windows 8.1 upgrade later this year, including new health and food apps from the Bing division along with alarm and calculator apps.

Source: MetroStore Scanner | Image via MetroStore Scanner

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Really? From the top of my head: Social NV, Calculator^2, OneNote, Endomondo, Film Closet, Primetube/Metrotube/Youtube Player, Skype, Nokia Music, PrimetimeTV, The Daily Show, Photoshop Express NOOK and a whole batch of national apps such as public transportation, tv guide, missed tv, etc.

It is missing some big titles because apparantly many of these companies are run by people who grew up hating Microsoft. But at the same a lot of developers are actively filling up the holes. You don't really need Facebook if you have facebook features build into the OS and Social NV for the full experience. And with Youtube Player I don't need anything official from Google either.

My apartment is an Apple shop: I have two Mac Minis, a MacBook Air, an Apple Thunderbolt monitor, an iPad, 2 iPhones (one private, one business) and a Time Machine.

So when I ordered VAIO Tap 20 Mobile Desktop I was not quite convinced about the OS. I was pleasantly surprised with how well Micrososft implemented a hybrid desktop and modern GUI experience, and while in the beginning the lack of Start menu got on my nerves, soon I got used to the the new way of doing things.

At this point it looks like Microsoft is actually more prepared than Apple for the future of desktop OS.

Yet again, the quality of apps in the Microsoft Story is pitiful and it is embarrassing that Microsoft Office is not even compatible with the modern GUI.

They still really need to fix the store. There is a huge lack of filters, you can't see how many ratings there are unless you click for more info, there is no download stats. Finally the design contains way too much blank space, the WP Marketplace doesn't have that issue. So overall it's hard to search for good apps, just like the Windows Phone marketplace.

Yeah. There's also a big problem with people not finding the current full category listings or filters (i.e. clicking on group header to get the category listing, then having filters for sub-categories and such). Hope that gets fixed in 8.1.

techbeck said,

So a ton of apps means a platform is successful?

Well one could say that if it attracts developers and users then yes it is. What other metrics do we have to say its "successful"?

ingramator said,

Well one could say that if it attracts developers and users then yes it is. What other metrics do we have to say its "successful"?

Still many popular apps not available on W8. Like others like to comment on iOS and Android, not the quantity of apps...but the quality. The number of apps will only attract devs if the apps are worth anything.

I wish everyone would stop worrying about total number of apps in the stores. All the stores contain 99% junk apps.

And lets not forget that the iPad took 1 year to reach the 100,000 milestone (May 2010 to May 2011). And that included the universal applications (apps from iPhone) as well as iPad specific apps.

Ronnet said,
And lets not forget that the iPad took 1 year to reach the 100,000 milestone (May 2010 to May 2011). And that included the universal applications (apps from iPhone) as well as iPad specific apps.

I expect BUILD 2013 will show us that they're going to try and unify the Windows and Windows Phone stores and that in the end the Windows Store will see a huge influx of multi-platform apps being ported over from WP to Win8.1.

-adrian- said,
if they dont show of a unified store for win8 wp8 and xbox one - they are doing it wrong

Agreed. And I suspect that will come. Although I doubt current WP apps will make their way to Windows and vice versa. They need to come up with a a new version of modern UI that can easily change across platforms. Make it work with both small portrait (WP) and large landscape (Windows).

But for now these stores are seperate which makes it more impressive that there are about 80,000 apps already.

GP007 said,

I expect BUILD 2013 will show us that they're going to try and unify the Windows and Windows Phone stores and that in the end the Windows Store will see a huge influx of multi-platform apps being ported over from WP to Win8.1.

This should has been done since the first day. However, i doubt that it will happens.

-adrian- said,
if they dont show of a unified store for win8 wp8 and xbox one - they are doing it wrong
Because Android and iOS have 1 unified store? No, they only have the same name and some cross platform apps and they count 4 apps as 1 (for example: App Lite, App (full version), App HD Lite and App HD (full version)). That's wrong.

Studio384 said,
Because Android and iOS have 1 unified store? No, they only have the same name and some cross platform apps and they count 4 apps as 1 (for example: App Lite, App (full version), App HD Lite and App HD (full version)). That's wrong.

As a W8, WP8 user I cannot care less what Apple or Android do. If the elevator in My building is out of order the notion that the one in the building across the street is out of order as well is not a relief, at least not in my world.

GP007 said,

I expect BUILD 2013 will show us that they're going to try and unify the Windows and Windows Phone stores and that in the end the Windows Store will see a huge influx of multi-platform apps being ported over from WP to Win8.1.


In all honesty the only things I would like to see soon is more official google apps like youtube or G+ or Hangouts and More educational apps for history and science like studies on the human body or water cycle (like the iPad) as well as more interactive textbooks like ibooks. I know my friends would like more games like Temple Run, Fun Run, Clash of Clans, Cut the Rope Experiments, Subway Surfer and Official FB and Instagram apps.

They will curate the store for the xbox one just like they currently curate the store for xbox360.

100k worth of ****ty apps vs seeing 500 useful well built apps like the ones we get on the xbox now (with the exception of the syfy app). Which would you rather choose?

Everyone will be better off with MS taking care to only provide good stuff that functions well on the xbox.

GP007 said,

I expect BUILD 2013 will show us that they're going to try and unify the Windows and Windows Phone stores and that in the end the Windows Store will see a huge influx of multi-platform apps being ported over from WP to Win8.1.

I don't think Build 2013 will be talking about Windows Phone

I really hope this unification happens else its pointless having Win8, WP8 and Xbox One using the same kernel.

StandingInAlley said,

I don't think Build 2013 will be talking about Windows Phone

I really hope this unification happens else its pointless having Win8, WP8 and Xbox One using the same kernel.


i don't want windows apps on xbox wtf, how are you going to control these apps

Jarrichvdv said,

i don't want windows apps on xbox wtf, how are you going to control these apps

WinRT actually supports XInput so there is nothing stopping developers from adding gamepad support to apps…

BTW: I hope they merge at least the markets of WP8 and W8. IMHO there should be no problem playing WP8 apps on W8. Either in snapped view or scaled in fullscreen mode…

Jarrichvdv said,

i don't want windows apps on xbox wtf, how are you going to control these apps

The controller works, Kinect as well. Or you can use your smartphone or tablet with SmartGlass? It's up to the developer on how far they'll support it.