Windows 8 hits 100,000 apps milestone

Today is the day: Microsoft has hit a pretty big milestone for Windows 8, with the Windows Store passing the 100,000 apps mark. It's taken just over seven months for Microsoft to hit the big 100K after Windows 8 launched in late October last year, although the milestone didn't quite happen quickly enough as it managed to miss Microsoft's BUILD 2013 developer conference by roughly a week.

That said, the effort to get 100,000 apps in the Windows Store in just seven months is very impressive. The Windows Phone Store took 18 months to register 100,000 apps, as did the Google Play Store, while Apple's App Store took around 16 months to gather 100,000 apps. Unfortunately it didn't quite live up to one Microsoft vice president's prediction that the Store would see 100,000 apps in just 90 days after launch, but seven months is still a great job.

While Microsoft has hit the 100,000 app milestone, they still have a way to go to not only improve the quality of app offerings in the Windows Store, but also convince customers that Modern apps are worth downloading. Various analysts have been very critical of the app offerings in the Store, and consumers haven't been convinced by Windows RT - which largely runs Windows Store apps - instead choosing to buy full Windows 8 tablets with desktop compatibility.

By the time Windows 8.1 is launched officially for all, the Windows Store will be bolstered by more important apps, especially Facebook which has proven to be particularly elusive for the Windows Store. Important app launches such as that could provide enough ammunition that Windows RT tablets start to see greater adoption, especially with the rumored launch of a revamped Surface RT later this year.

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I wish Microsoft would create one Windows Store into which one could submit Windows and Windows Phone versions of apps at once. This way you won't have to buy the same app for both platforms.

I think you probably have more than 100 apps in your countries store, you maybe just be looking at new releases or the top free or something.

korupt_one said,
I think you probably have more than 100 apps in your countries store, you maybe just be looking at new releases or the top free or something.
Well, there are still 21 countries where to 100 apps mark isn't passed, and actualy, for all those 21 countries: the 20 apps mark isn't passed either. Even all stock-Windows apps aren't available there.

Does any human really care about that number? All people care about are the most popular, productive, social apps.

JHBrown said,
Does any human really care about that number? All people care about are the most popular, productive, social apps.
Well yes, they do care. This is one of most asked question when someone wants to buy a tablet/smartphone here.

shockz said,
Let me know when we've got an official pandora and facebook app. Then I'll get excited.

Well, you'll have a Facebook app soon.

Dot Matrix said,

Well, you'll have a Facebook app soon.


As well as NFL , Flipboard (shown in the designing UI at BUILD), and FourSquare.

Windows Phone has an official Pandora app that is actually far better than ios, im sure it will come to windows 8.1, also the official facebook will be available with 8.1 also.

stevan said,
I wish I could install Windows on an iPad like I can on a MacBook.

Why? It would look awkward on the 4:3 screen, besides the Surface RT hardware beats the iPad in almost every possible way.

stevan said,
Of course it does, that's why it's outselling it /s

It's outselling it due to that half eaten fruit on the back of the casing...

What? Tegra3 is not up to par with the Apple A6X CPU and where is the high res screen on the Surface RT? Oh and better camera too.

TruckWEB said,
What? Tegra3 is not up to par with the Apple A6X CPU and where is the high res screen on the Surface RT? Oh and better camera too.

Microsoft made some tradeoffs with the camera because you really aren't supposed to take pictures with a tablet , the front facing (Skype) camera works as well as the Facetime camera on the iPad, the display uses subpixel rendering so it doesn't have to draw as much power to power so many pixels like the iPad, and for the A6X vs Tegra 3 yeah on paper it may not look as good, but in reality Windows 8.1 runs smooth on it so I don't see a problem. BTW the games fps have also improved with app updates.

these number mean nothing, they only try to do one thing, inflate the reality of the app store, which in its current form is pathetic at best. The lack of real quality apps cannot begin to explain the lack of drive and innovation MS cannot stem from developers, no one is excited or even phased about the store, not Steam, or any real software producers. Better apps are needed ASAP, you cannot get people onto metro if 80% of the apps are either garbage, simple or boring/broken.

mac app store has 15k apps, ipad has 250k tablet apps, android has like zero tablet apps. I see windows surpassin all these guys together in less than a year,and hopefully they would have unified the store between win8,wp8 and xbox. the windows store will be the one and only store to get the latest and greatest,and most powerful apps. office is coming in 2014. hopefully we'll see some more powerful stuff,maybe from adobe and others by then.

Enron said,
Don't hold your breath for Adobe.

Actually, Adobe has partnered with Microsoft recently on a few initiatives, so I wouldn't be surprised. In fact if you use the new creative cloud it works, I notice it works MUCH better on the PC than it does on the Mac (I use both at work and obviously prefer my multimedia PC).

vcfan said,
android has like zero tablet apps.

false. Android has tablet apps, may not be as many as Apple, but they are out there. Your statement is 100 percent wrong.

vcfan said,
mac app store has 15k apps, ipad has 250k tablet apps, android has like zero tablet apps. I see windows surpassin all these guys together in less than a year,and hopefully they would have unified the store between win8,wp8 and xbox. the windows store will be the one and only store to get the latest and greatest,and most powerful apps. office is coming in 2014. hopefully we'll see some more powerful stuff,maybe from adobe and others by then.

Android does not restrict and categorieze apps as "Phone" and "Tablet" apps and create fragmentation within apps. All apps run on all devices provided the device has the necessary hardware capabilites (such as camera) required by the app.

Instead of separating apps and creating fragmentation like iOS and Windows Phone, Android offers simple techniques for the developer to offer an adaptable user interface depending on the screen size / resolution of the device.

Please stop spreading fud, if you disagree, you haven't used an Android Phone or Tablet and tried using the same app on both the devices.

j2006 said,

Actually, Adobe has partnered with Microsoft recently on a few initiatives, so I wouldn't be surprised. In fact if you use the new creative cloud it works, I notice it works MUCH better on the PC than it does on the Mac (I use both at work and obviously prefer my multimedia PC).

Yes, I use the new CC and it does work pretty awesome on the PC. I previously owned a Mac and can agree that in my experience, the three applications I primarily use, Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign each run better (faster, more reliably) on the PC.

Examples include a bug in Mac InDesign CS3 that would crash sometimes when a save dialog appeared... pretty annoying to lose your work that way. Took close to a year for them to fix that one. Illustrator CS4 for Mac had some annoying memory leak as well. Then more recently, Photoshop CS6 for Mac had some strange graphic artifacts/lines that would appear while scrolling or zooming. That may have been an overheating issue, but whatever it was, I don't get that on the PC version.

techbeck said,

false. Android has tablet apps, may not be as many as Apple, but they are out there. Your statement is 100 percent wrong.

relax, i wasnt being literal. it was a hyberbole. it was meant to say that there is a lack of tablet apps.

recursive said,

Android does not restrict and categorieze apps as "Phone" and "Tablet" apps and create fragmentation within apps. All apps run on all devices provided the device has the necessary hardware capabilites (such as camera) required by the app.

nice excuse for lack of tablet apps. And you say this is done to not cause "fragmentation"? that is hilarious in itself. android is already fragmentation hell.

recursive said,

Android does not restrict and categorieze apps as "Phone" and "Tablet" apps and create fragmentation within apps. All apps run on all devices provided the device has the necessary hardware capabilites (such as camera) required by the app.

Sorry if you didn't know, but hardware capabilities could be defined as "Tablet" and "Phone" i.e. an app needs a bigger screen or a better processor etc. And there are also software limitations such as requiring a certain OS version because of new APIs or other requirements. For example, Splashtop requires ICS or higher so it couldn't run on a rooted Kindle Fire causing fragmentation. The Kindle Fire itself only has access to its own store (more fragmentation).

vcfan said,

relax, i wasnt being literal. it was a hyberbole. it was meant to say that there is a lack of tablet apps.

That is really false as well. There are a ton of tablet apps for Android. The Play Store even separates them from the regular apps. The quality of the apps may not be up to par with say iOS apps, but there are plenty.

recursive said,
Instead of separating apps and creating fragmentation like iOS and Windows Phone, Android offers simple techniques for the developer to offer an adaptable user interface depending on the screen size / resolution of the device.
Avoid fragmentation at the expense of user experience. Job well done.

vcfan said,

relax, i wasnt being literal. it was a hyberbole. it was meant to say that there is a lack of tablet apps.

nice excuse for lack of tablet apps. And you say this is done to not cause "fragmentation"? that is hilarious in itself. android is already fragmentation hell.

i think you are trying to makeup for the mistake you made. Android has less tablet apps than iOS, thats the only problem but it has more apps than W8 I know you made a stupid statement but its ok. Android has close to 150k tablet apps. search tabletified and they have strict rules for tablet apps which is just a small part of the apps and only include apps submitted by the developer.

recursive said,

Instead of separating apps and creating fragmentation like iOS and Windows Phone, Android offers simple techniques for the developer to offer an adaptable user interface depending on the screen size / resolution of the device.
Wait... what? Windows Phone doesn't have separate app stores for every screen resolution. However, the merged Google Play store for both phone and tablet is just terrrible: apps that aren't made for tablets are said to be tablet apps, etc. It's just crap.

What I like on Android is that apps scale perfectly to the devices native resolution, well the apps i have seem to anyway anyway. From what ive seen on the iPad phone only apps just display in a little square with the option to zoom in which make the app look all blurred.

iuidiuwhdiuhw said,

i think you are trying to makeup for the mistake you made. Android has less tablet apps than iOS, thats the only problem but it has more apps than W8 I know you made a stupid statement but its ok. Android has close to 150k tablet apps. search tabletified and they have strict rules for tablet apps which is just a small part of the apps and only include apps submitted by the developer.

why are you trying to play dumb? we know the apps scale to tablet screen sizes,but these aren't tablet apps. just phone apps scaled to tablet screens. go look at an iphone app,then go look at its tablet variant on ipad. go look at a windows phone app,then go look at its windows 8 variant. there is a difference in apps,and its not just scaling.

It makes no sense to me, counting the apps in the store. Most of them are horrible, in every brand's mobile store.

The number of the apps used by 80% of people is a much, much, much smaller number.

It's like Twitter followers; Does it really matter if you have 100,000 followers if most of them are spam, paid for, or don't even read your feed?

Unfortunately, we live in a world where people think 'the bigger the better" with certain things. In my opinion I'd rather have quality over quantity. All app stores (including the iOS App Store and Google Play Store) also have more crap apps than quality apps, so touting numbers really doesn't mean anything to me either. However, there are a lot of great quality apps too in the Windows and other stores too

j2006 said,
Unfortunately, we live in a world where people think 'the bigger the better" with certain things. In my opinion I'd rather have quality over quantity. All app stores (including the iOS App Store and Google Play Store) also have more crap apps than quality apps, so touting numbers really doesn't mean anything to me either. However, there are a lot of great quality apps too in the Windows and other stores too

agreed

thomastmc said,
It makes no sense to me, counting the apps in the store. Most of them are horrible, in every brand's mobile store.

True, but near impossible to tell the crap from the good apps unless you sit down and evaluate each one. IMO, its the official apps that count. Which WP is getting more and more of.

that's why its so silly.. windows 7 had about a billion programs that could run on it.. but OMGEEZY ipad has 500k apps.. makes no sense..

totally agree. most of windows apps are apps made my developer who made it for money from Microsoft and totally abandoned it after initial release. most are crap because of this

iuidiuwhdiuhw said,
totally agree. most of windows apps are apps made my developer who made it for money from Microsoft and totally abandoned it after initial release. most are crap because of this

well you install apps on recommandation and reading about it or do you go out and just install any app you find for windows 7 that says "i am a super cool program"