Unofficial Windows 8 app count now at 2,371

As we get closer to the official launch of Windows 8 on October 26th, the number of apps listed as being available from the Windows Store continues to grow. Over a week ago, one unofficial source said the number of Windows 8 apps in the store totaled 2,079 worldwide.

Another source, McAkins Online, said around the same time that the number of apps in the store was actually a bit smaller at 1,634. Now the site has posted up a new update, and its calculations shows that the number of Windows 8 apps has increased to 2,371.

The site claims that Microsoft added 737 apps in the past week to the Windows Store. The most apps belong in the Games category with 124 added to the store, but apps in the Entertainment catagory were not that far behind with 122 apps posted in the store.

Some of the more interesting new apps in the store include CyberLink's PowerDirector Mobile app, which is the first such video editing app made for Windows 8, and HP Printer Supplies, which lets people purchase printer products from, where else, HP.

McAkins Online also admits that while other sites may show higher numbers for apps in the Windows Store, those sites apparently have developer access to Windows 8. That means those users can see Windows 8 apps in the store that are not available yet for the general public to download.

Source: McAkins Online | Image via McAkins Online

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I do wish there was a way to filter out junk apps. Sure you could only look at paid apps but some free ones are pretty good. The numbers don't mean anything though. Not when you have 7 apps for Verge info and there are others like that. Unnecessarily upping the total apps.

And 98% of them are useless junk. Who wants a fullscreen clock app? How about a fullscreen StickyNote app? Pfffft.

osuwildlifer said,
And 98% of them are useless junk. Who wants a fullscreen clock app? How about a fullscreen StickyNote app? Pfffft.

98% of all application strores' stuff are useless junk... you've got 650.000 apps on android market with 500.000 of them are ringtones and sexy pictures collection

FoxieFoxie said,
Why can't we just run scaled WP7 apps?

That's on option on the smaller 7" and 10" tablets but seeing how Windows 8 will run on systems with even bigger screens there's only so much scaling you could do before it looks really really bad.

There's also the type of app, lots of the WP7 apps use the panorama/pivot control, so I think that adds to things not really working out if you just do a simple upscale. It's better for devs to port their app, also take advantage of the new WinRT APIs and also use the bigger screen size better.

GP007 said,

That's on option on the smaller 7" and 10" tablets but seeing how Windows 8 will run on systems with even bigger screens there's only so much scaling you could do before it looks really really bad.


A lot of the apps on the Store right now already don't seem to know what to do with all the screen space.

Mikeffer said,

Nope, but the first day of the release month is so quit moaning.

I wasn't moaning, I was sarcastically mocking BIG difference, it's not really a milestone number, generally those are even numbers, 1000, 5000, 10000, etc. I'd even say 2500 is acceptable at this low numbers.

JaredFrost said,

I wasn't moaning, I was sarcastically mocking BIG difference, it's not really a milestone number, generally those are even numbers, 1000, 5000, 10000, etc. I'd even say 2500 is acceptable at this low numbers.

BUT (as i said) It's the first day of the month that Win8 goes GA. So it kind of is a big deal.

Mikeffer said,

BUT (as i said) It's the first day of the month that Win8 goes GA. So it kind of is a big deal.

We'll have to agree to disagree on this one.

Its good apps are getting on there however the majority of them are still very poor in my opinion. Im sure this will change over the next couple of years. However like the Android market its not going to happen quickly. I got my first Android mid 2010 when the Android boom was probably really starting, over the next year the amount of quality apps increased significantly.

InsaneNutter said,
Its good apps are getting on there however the majority of them are still very poor in my opinion. Im sure this will change over the next couple of years. However like the Android market its not going to happen quickly. I got my first Android mid 2010 when the Android boom was probably really starting, over the next year the amount of quality apps increased significantly.

you can't compare it to the android market... 'young' devs will see this an opportunity to enter the market with their stuff while the 'old' companies cannot let themselves go and be late, so no, there will be no waiting for platform success as it were with android

and probably the Windows Store won't become a garbage heap like the Play Store