Windows Phone 7 Marketplace hits 777 apps on launch day

Microsoft's Marketplace for Windows Phone 7 hit 777 apps today.

Microsoft's Joe Belfiore, who oversees the Windows Phone 7 product definition & design team, revealed the figure earlier today. A number of Windows Phone 7 applications went live today including official YouTube support, Twitter and Windows Live Messenger. Microsoft is slowly releasing a number of high profile apps onto the marketplace and we've been told to expect more in the coming weeks.

Microsoft launched Windows Phone 7 today in Europe, New Zealand and Australia. Unfortunately, some delays and lack of devices have seen a large number of shoppers in the UK go without. Due to a small number of devices, retailers have sent all existing stock to high volume stores. Microsoft assures us that they are doing their best to work with operators and device manufacturers to ensure the phones are available. "We are working hard with our partners to get enough phones off the ships and planes and into the stores as soon as possible. If anyone has not managed to get a phone today, you can order online and will be able to get one in the next few hours and days," said a Microsoft spokesperson.

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DerAusgewanderte said,
hey a couple new games and apps for the Zune HD as well!. Cewl!
Tiles
Hairball
DrumMachine

That's nice, it seems most of the ZuneHD app team was working on WP7, now they're able to do some ZuneHD work again it looks like.

GP007 said,

That's nice, it seems most of the ZuneHD app team was working on WP7, now they're able to do some ZuneHD work again it looks like.

Heh, these ones aren't actually made by the Zune HD team I think this is the first time they've allowed non-contracted third party apps onto the Zune HD marketplace. They could probably done with a little help in the design department for them too

DerAusgewanderte said,
hey a couple new games and apps for the Zune HD as well!. Cewl!
Tiles
Hairball
DrumMachine

Yikes. DrumMachine looks like an early OS X application with the aluminum bar and such. And the graphics are pretty icky. Hairball is OK for a game, though Tiles looks like a 90's app.

The linup is impressive.. WP7 has the "Core" apps that took other vendors years to get in some cases (or don't yet have at all)..

Just curious for anyone with the device, what bitrate/screen size videos does the youtube player support?

Also, is the netflix app up yet?

blahism said,
The linup is impressive.. WP7 has the "Core" apps that took other vendors years to get in some cases (or don't yet have at all)..

Just curious for anyone with the device, what bitrate/screen size videos does the youtube player support?

Also, is the netflix app up yet?

Pocketnow has a quick review for the youtube app/plugin and they said it's not HD, or they don't think it is, more like 480p they think. There's no settings in it at all, it just plays the vids.


GP007 said,

Pocketnow has a quick review for the youtube app/plugin and they said it's not HD, or they don't think it is, more like 480p they think. There's no settings in it at all, it just plays the vids.


I dont know about you but I believe most people dont need to watch videos in HD over their network.. I pretty sure its just microsoft making sure it just works and doesnt slow down the system..

Lachlan said,

I dont know about you but I believe most people dont need to watch videos in HD over their network.. I pretty sure its just microsoft making sure it just works and doesnt slow down the system..

I agree, specially since the HD vids are bigger and streaming them eats into your data usage more if you're on the 3G etc, unless you only want to see vids when on wifi. I'm fine with it being 480p personally.

Lachlan said,

I dont know about you but I believe most people dont need to watch videos in HD over their network.. I pretty sure its just microsoft making sure it just works and doesnt slow down the system..

I'm more interested in how it can handle higher bitrate videos over wifi and such.. not so concerned over 3g all though i think it is REALLY dumb in this day and age we can't use 3g to its capacity and have 200 meg to 2gb limits.

GP007 said,

Pocketnow has a quick review for the youtube app/plugin and they said it's not HD, or they don't think it is, more like 480p they think. There's no settings in it at all, it just plays the vids.



To be fair, do you really need streaming 720/1080 HD for screen sizes this small?

lordcanti86 said,

To be fair, do you really need streaming 720/1080 HD for screen sizes this small?

I agree. I don't think this was the reason for HD streaming. This is probably for attaching it to an HDTV and play in HD. I can connect my ZuneHD into an HDTV and play a movie from the Zune in HD (720) on the HDTV (provided I have the ZuneDock).

GP007 said,

I agree, specially since the HD vids are bigger and streaming them eats into your data usage more if you're on the 3G etc, unless you only want to see vids when on wifi. I'm fine with it being 480p personally.

Yeah, same here. I would prefer 480P over a video I have to wait for...

blahism said,
The linup is impressive.. WP7 has the "Core" apps that took other vendors years to get in some cases (or don't yet have at all)..

Just curious for anyone with the device, what bitrate/screen size videos does the youtube player support?

Also, is the netflix app up yet?

I've just checked and Netflix is there, it was released on 18/10.

Why can't I preorder on AT&T yet? I really want too, and the US launch is only like two weeks away. The longer the delay, the more I am tempted to wait and try to figure out a way to get the Samsung Omnia 7 in lieu of the Samsung Focus for AT&T. I wonder if I can order it directly, unlocked (or locked, I really wouldn't care).

Come on Microsoft. Fix your marketing, so I'm not buying a DOA phone! The phone software is solid (used through the VM included in the developer tools at least) and the Samsung hardware looks pretty solid too. Now you just need market share to keep it going. Sell it with the Old Spice guy (funny) and other "7 second"-style Windows 7 commercials (quick and informative, similar to how Apple shows off one feature for the iPhone, which is very effective)!

pickypg said,
Why can't I preorder on AT&T yet? I really want too, and the US launch is only like two weeks away. The longer the delay, the more I am tempted to wait and try to figure out a way to get the Samsung Omnia 7 in lieu of the Samsung Focus for AT&T. I wonder if I can order it directly, unlocked (or locked, I really wouldn't care).

Come on Microsoft. Fix your marketing, so I'm not buying a DOA phone! The phone software is solid (used through the VM included in the developer tools at least) and the Samsung hardware looks pretty solid too. Now you just need market share to keep it going. Sell it with the Old Spice guy (funny) and other "7 second"-style Windows 7 commercials (quick and informative, similar to how Apple shows off one feature for the iPhone, which is very effective)!

Same here. Went to ATT to try to pre-order and nothing. Then again I want to wait to get a chance to examine the devices I think I want.

pickypg said,
Why can't I preorder on AT&T yet? I really want too, and the US launch is only like two weeks away. The longer the delay, the more I am tempted to wait and try to figure out a way to get the Samsung Omnia 7 in lieu of the Samsung Focus for AT&T. I wonder if I can order it directly, unlocked (or locked, I really wouldn't care).

Come on Microsoft. Fix your marketing, so I'm not buying a DOA phone! The phone software is solid (used through the VM included in the developer tools at least) and the Samsung hardware looks pretty solid too. Now you just need market share to keep it going. Sell it with the Old Spice guy (funny) and other "7 second"-style Windows 7 commercials (quick and informative, similar to how Apple shows off one feature for the iPhone, which is very effective)!

This might help: when you click the link of store.microsoft.com it tells you the follow

Thank you for signing up to this notification. Simply insert your first name here and press send:

We will contact you on or about October 25th to inform you when you will be able to pre-order your new Windows Phone. Microsoft Store will send you a three-month Zune pass when your new Windows Phone ships.
Note that you won't get a reply to this mail.

Best. Microsoft Store.

NPGMBR said,
Same here. Went to ATT to try to pre-order and nothing. Then again I want to wait to get a chance to examine the devices I think I want.
Of the lot on AT&T, the only one I want is the Samsung Focus.

I think the LG looks terrible; plus I do not want a physical keyboard (the Zune HD keyboard is awesome, and that's on a tiny screen). I think the HTC Surround is just worthless. I get all of the thickness of a keyboard without even getting one. I suppose it's nice if people miss their boombox from the 80s (80s fashion is on the rise, apparently), but to anyone else--who cares. I realize it's all preference, but I judged those phones inadequate pretty quickly.

My biggest concern is that the Omnia 7 might not support 3G frequencies in the US. It appears to share the same 2G frequencies.

Samsung Omnia 7 specifications: http://www.omnia7.samsungmobile.com/ -> Specifications (bottom right)
Samsung Focus specifications: http://www.microsoft.com/windo...y/7/phones.aspx#detail=1536

If anyone actually knows the answer, then please let me know.

Mwright91 said,
We will contact you on or about October 25th to inform you when you will be able to pre-order your new Windows Phone. Microsoft Store will send you a three-month Zune pass when your new Windows Phone ships.
Note that you won't get a reply to this mail.
Interesting. I have signed up for that email; I did it some time last week. It did not used to give a date. Also, it did give me a reply to the email.

This was the useful part of the response:

Email response said,
This is an unmonitored alias informing you that we have received your submission. Please do not reply as we will not respond to any inquiries delivered to this email alias.

The email address is also different: it used to be no-reply [at] microsoftstore.com. Now it's Strorder [at] microsoft.com.

Anyway, thanks for letting me know it has been updated.

pickypg said,
Why can't I preorder on AT&T yet? I really want too, and the US launch is only like two weeks away. The longer the delay, the more I am tempted to wait and try to figure out a way to get the Samsung Omnia 7 in lieu of the Samsung Focus for AT&T. I wonder if I can order it directly, unlocked (or locked, I really wouldn't care).

Come on Microsoft. Fix your marketing, so I'm not buying a DOA phone! The phone software is solid (used through the VM included in the developer tools at least) and the Samsung hardware looks pretty solid too. Now you just need market share to keep it going. Sell it with the Old Spice guy (funny) and other "7 second"-style Windows 7 commercials (quick and informative, similar to how Apple shows off one feature for the iPhone, which is very effective)!

Here in the UK, I've just successfully orderd an HTC HD7 on O2! Will be with me within 5 working days. Can't wait.

Tom, since you have some inside info do you have any idea of how many apps they're adding per day at this right? I read around 50 yesterday over at pocketnow by some poster but I dunno for sure. Any info or stats you can find out or know of already?

was thinking the same but i think thats meant for US launch. I'm hoping all my favorite apps from iPhone come to Windows Phone 7. Would like to see Tweetdeck, Echofon and other Twitter clients with BeejiveIM too

thealexweb said,
What happened to the aim to launch with 2000?

A lot of people just probably aren't done with their apps yet or they may be back-logged in the approval process. Heck, the 50 xbox-live games haven't all made it in yet. I think there's only 30 in there right now.

By the time the phones hit the US it'll have 1000+. I think it's an achievement with just what they have up already for a phone OS launch.

thealexweb said,
What happened to the aim to launch with 2000?

It's 777 as of today, someone on another phone tech site said MS adds around 50 apps each day, or maybe more now, come the 8th and the US release it should be close to 2k or more maybe.

GP007 said,

It's 777 as of today, someone on another phone tech site said MS adds around 50 apps each day, or maybe more now, come the 8th and the US release it should be close to 2k or more maybe.

Here's something to make you think:

With its second birthday just behind it Apple's App Store now boasts 300,000 Apps. The App Store Gnomes are apparently pumping around 1000 new Apps per day into the store

Read more: http://touchreviews.net/apple-...ps-milestone/#ixzz131FK3xNu

Rudy said,

Here's something to make you think:

Well, lets be fair, apart from games most of us use less than 10-20 apps. As long as we've got all the bases covered ^.^

Rudy said,

Here's something to make you think:

When Apple's App Store launched, it wasn't getting many Apps a day, especially when some of the most important Apps people use on the iPhone took months to appear on the device.

Also do the math if you don't understand this: Apple store getting 1000 Apps a day, yet it has been around over 600 days and has 300,000 Apps.

It is also worth noting that the Apple App Store is filled with Apps that are interfaces to existing web sites. These are technically not 'new' Apps exclusive to the iPhone, just browserless versions of site content.

Even as old and large the application base is for Windows itself, dating back to 1990, there are not 300,000 applications that are important, so this type of number is a bit of a pointless exercise.

Just like Windows users, there are probably 50 or less applications that people consistently use, especially considering you can't install very many applications on the iPhone.

I think people too easily underestimate the vast difference in ease of development and features offered by the platforms if they think WP7 will fail to produce 'enough' Apps. Anyone can now create a WP7 App in a matter of a few minutes using Expression Blend.

(Even with that awesome 300,000 number that is used as a marker of success, the iPhone doesn't have some important apps, even things like Microsoft Office that WP7 already has.)

thealexweb said,
What happened to the aim to launch with 2000?

I was wondering the same thing. Steve B said there would be 2000 apps at launch (not that I care, this will be my first smartphone so not into the whole app deal) but maybe he was talking about a U.S. launch.

Seems to me that 300000 apps is overkill. Can't imagne scrolling through that stuff to find something useful but im sure Apple must have a good search tool to do it.

Rudy said,

Here's something to make you think:

So you are trying to compare a new phone, to one that has been on the market 4 years?
How foolish is that? Why do we need to think about it?

Here is something for you to think about...TROLL!!!

Tom W said,

Will be at 2,000 for US launch.

Saw on cnet that after the US launch, they'd aim for launching a hundred something apps every week until the end of the year.

TechieXP said,

So you are trying to compare a new phone, to one that has been on the market 4 years?
How foolish is that? Why do we need to think about it?

Here is something for you to think about...TROLL!!!


Say what you want but MS is WAY too late in the game, they are competing in a very mature market (iOS and Android)

Rudy said,

Say what you want but MS is WAY too late in the game, they are competing in a very mature market (iOS and Android)

There is never such a thing as "too late" in the technology world, if you're stepping up with something worthwhile. Are you expecting IOS & Android to be the only two notable smartphone platforms for the rest of existence? I'd hope not

Rudy said,

Say what you want but MS is WAY too late in the game, they are competing in a very mature market (iOS and Android)
Uhh..It's common sense to understand that the cell phone market is booming. Stupid comment.