Windows 8 app numbers rise to over 44,000 in February

In late January, we noted that the pace of new Windows 8 apps added to the Windows Store had slowed down considerably since the end of 2012. In January, only about 4,000 more apps were added to the store, bringing the total to 39,860.

Those numbers were based on the MetroStore Scanner website, which allows non-Windows 8 PCs to see which apps are in the Store (Microsoft has never offered their own official Windows 8 app numbers). Today, we decided to check the site once again and according to the site's information, the number of new Windows 8 apps went up in the past month or so to 44,680.

That shows that the rate of new apps was about the same in February as it was in January. If it continues at this rate, the overall worldwide app numbers will be over 50,000 by early April. However, the Windows Store might not reach the 100,000 app milestone until sometime in 2014 if the pace continues as this current rate.

The number of Windows 8 apps made specifically for the US market now stands at 30,045, according to MetroStore Scanner. Again, that number is about 4,000 more apps in the store compared to January's stats; China still has the largest number of localized Windows 8 apps with 31,067 apps in the Windows Store.

Source: MetroStore Scanner | Image via MetroStore Scanner

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Apps are just a way to cop out of large R&D budgets and, of course, making people spend more money. They will work out how charge for the air we breathe sooner or later; you can be sure of that.

What I'd like to see is a way to filter out desktop apps from the Metro apps, and more coverage! Windows Phone has several sites devoted to it, yet I don't think I've seen a whole heck of a lot promoting WinRT/Metro apps! There needs to be more coverage of that, I think. I've gotten a good number already, and am quite happy with them (even though I tend to be a bit tough on reviews/ratings).

A lot of the apps on their own top lists have very low ratings.

At the moment all we're seeing is the worst of this "app store" model with the WIndows apps store. I'm talking about the people who shove out garbage just to collect a few bucks here and there.

Didnt we just have a discussion about this? Pretty much it came down to almost what Bledd said, "great that they have sooo many new apps, but do they have the main stream apps that people need/want?", and pretty much the answer is no.

Hell, even apps like Photosynth which is a MS app is not available on the MS app store, so...

See, the thing is, I WANT to move to a windows 8 phone, but i need the apps to be there!!! The phone hardware alone is not enough now days.

One good thing that the article shows is that developers are investing time into creating apps for Win8 store.

Zinomian said,
Didnt we just have a discussion about this? Pretty much it came down to almost what Bledd said, "great that they have sooo many new apps, but do they have the main stream apps that people need/want?", and pretty much the answer is no.

Hell, even apps like Photosynth which is a MS app is not available on the MS app store, so...

See, the thing is, I WANT to move to a windows 8 phone, but i need the apps to be there!!! The phone hardware alone is not enough now days.

One good thing that the article shows is that developers are investing time into creating apps for Win8 store.


Well Photosynth has just been released although it is very concerning that it took so long.

LOL, I just saw the app being released, so I guess there is hope for many of these "mainstream" apps to be released soon, and help people like me who want to change to WP8

As with any app store, what's the use of having 100,000,000 apps when 99.9% of them are absolute tripe.

bledd said
As with any app store, what's the use of having 100,000,000 apps when 99.9% of them are absolute tripe.
Well that depends on what you look for in an app. I've got lots of apps from the Windows store, and if you type fart in the Windows Store, App Store or Google Play, you're bound to find a large amount of bad apps.

bledd said,
As with any app store, what's the use of having 100,000,000 apps when 99.9% of them are absolute tripe.

I don't care about 99% of the apps either. But some users do, they won't look at a platform unless it has millions of apps. In turn developers care about platforms with lots of users, they won't develop quality apps unless there are millions of users. Last but not least I care about quality apps so I want to see quantity as well because in the long-term it will mean more quality apps.

There are some notable exceptions to the apps list but they should be coming soon. IE 10 is a full class browser so many of the 'app's like facebook, twitter can be done directly from the browser. There is some odd mentality of making everything an 'app' which typically is nothing more than a browser shell loading a website that has been happening for the past few years on another platform *cough* ios.

pgn said,
There are some notable exceptions to the apps list but they should be coming soon. IE 10 is a full class browser so many of the 'app's like facebook, twitter can be done directly from the browser. There is some odd mentality of making everything an 'app' which typically is nothing more than a browser shell loading a website that has been happening for the past few years on another platform *cough* ios.

*cough*

I prefer having an app rather than going to a web app.

MidTxWRX said,

*cough*

I prefer having an app rather than going to a web app.

Count me in as someone who prefers using a website over an app. I rarely find an app that lets you do anywhere nearly as much as you can on the website.

Case in point weird issue some friends and I discovered the other day. Twitter apps only let you go back and view the last 18 hours of tweets on your Home page while on a PC you can keep going.

Condere said,

Count me in as someone who prefers using a website over an app..

Me too. And you can open a website in a WINDOWED browser rather than being compelled to use fullscreen. When you have a large monitor, what use is a UI metaphor based on a phone app?