Windows Phone Marketplace exceeds 90,000 apps

The Windows Phone Marketplace has continued to add new apps for Windows Phone owners to download and/or purchase at a rapid pace. This week, the Marketplace exceeded the 90,000 app mark in terms of the total amount of apps that have been published.

The information comes from All About Windows Phone, which uses its own tracking system to detect the number of apps in the Marketplace. The app download store reached the 80,000 app level on March 26th and it took 35 days to reach the 90,000 mark. If Windows Phone app submissions continue at their current place, the Windows Phone Marketplace should reach the 100,000 app milestone sometime in early June.

So far, 22,000 different app publishers have chosen to submit apps to the Windows Phone Marketplace. At the moment, apps are being published at the rate of about 250 apps per day. The report also states that 10,500 apps that have been published have since been withdrawn from the Marketplace.

Microsoft has been seeing more and more high profile Windows Phone apps being released recently. They include the new LinkedIn app and the Time magazine app. Nokia also announced plans to offer exclusive Windows Phone apps for its Lumia phones, including apps from Groupon, ESPN and AOL.

Image via All About Windows Phone

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As a former android user and current windows phone user These are my experiences:
1. The quality of apps in windows phone is far better than android ones.
2. I have not seen any crash whatsoever since I have my windows phone whereas I had crash almost every week when I was using android and it became every 2 or 3 days and thats why I switched
3. I have missed many apps I used to have in android including some banks app, paypal and a remote desktop software either teamviewer or logMeIn and some other apps I used to use a lot and I don't have it anymore. I hope they would add it very soon
4. The concept of metro UI is not bad at all unlike all reviews and unexperienced opinions I read before buying my windows phone that almost drew me away to getting an iPhone, But I am really glad that I made my decision bought a windows phone. Its a kind of UI you should experience not see. The more I get used to it, The more I like it.

I totally understand what you mean about the banking app support. Have you tried calling your bank about them supporting Windows Phone?

I know for a fact that Paypal app is coming soon. I hope you have a Nokia though because it might be exclusive for a few months.

And most apps are complete junk unfortunately. There are some really amazing and very well designed ones but there's so much junk apps that simply shouldn't be allowed. Just today I saw some new app called Firefox that cost $1.99 and supposedly brings Firefox to WP7 (which is impossible but somehow made it's way to the Marketplace). I understand the need to be able to boast these numbers around but they're suffocating the experience that way - it's pointless to go look for new apps, even they know it - they've created apps (Nokia too) to "highlight" the more decent apps and games in the Marketplace because the marketplace itself is littered with so much junk.

Once they're done playing with numbers and concentrate on quality (hopefully with WP8 and 100K apps things will start changing) WP will explode in my opinion. Just got a Lumia 800 and it's an amazing phone, great OS - only things that make it suffer are lack of enough good apps and mobile IE.

There are plenty of good apps in the platform, but any time you get thousands upon thousands of apps, it's extemely difficult to surface just the "good" ones.

simplezz said,
The problem is the quality of the apps. Microsoft seems to let any old useless crap on there at the moment.

Yeah like every App on iOS and android store is awesome...

simplezz said,
The problem is the quality of the apps. Microsoft seems to let any old useless crap on there at the moment.

I think you have a point actually. Microsoft does seem to let a lot of low quality apps through right now. I bet it probably has a lot to do with the numbers game, just so they can say there are X amount of apps. Maybe they can get more strict about app quality when they reach about 200,000.

That's not to say there aren't any good apps available though. Lots of great ones are out already, and lately, a lot more of the "gaps" have been filled in. Now if Mint would hurry up and make an app, I bet they could do an amazing job because their interface is almost begging for Metro.

Why can't I pin individual files like word documents and PDF files to the Windows 8 start menu ? Windows Phone 7 does that so why can't Windows 8 do that ?

I guess it will rise rapidly after June , with WP8 announcement and stuff ...
Kudos WP
Can't wait for Pureview + WP8 Lumia

Given that this WP7 phone does everything I need out of the box I have no need for any apps, After looking through the windows marketplace, droid and iOS stores, I lost count of how many crap apps there were, guess no platform is immune from crapware.

I'm a bit dissapointed by the overall quality of what's on offer. Many apps are junk or web portals to paid services, not anything innovative or useful and certainly not worth £1.00 - £4.99.

Aergan said,
I'm a bit dissapointed by the overall quality of what's on offer. Many apps are junk or web portals to paid services, not anything innovative or useful and certainly not worth £1.00 - £4.99.

Same as iOS and Android, lets just hope Microsoft improve the marketplace in WP8 to show better results, there is a lot of good apps out there but the current marketplace doesn't show them off well.

Aergan said,
I'm a bit dissapointed by the overall quality of what's on offer. Many apps are junk or web portals to paid services, not anything innovative or useful and certainly not worth £1.00 - £4.99.

Mainly because developing for WP7 is so disappointing, it has the best ide but even basic functionally like udp listeners are missing.

Gaffney said,

Same as iOS and Android, lets just hope Microsoft improve the marketplace in WP8 to show better results, there is a lot of good apps out there but the current marketplace doesn't show them off well.

Problem is that I use a WP phone; the fact that iOS or Android are affected by the same issues is not a relief for me................

virtorio said,
And only about 15 good ones.

and since you seem to be so well informed about the number of good apps, you must be an avid user of a Windows Phone. Right? No? Then? Bored?

Mohitster said,

and since you seem to be so well informed about the number of good apps, you must be an avid user of a Windows Phone. Right? No? Then? Bored?

a) I was exaggerating and
b) Yes I am an avid user of Windows Phone 7.5 and trawl the app store regularly trying to find some decent apps. And I can confirm there is a load of s**t on there.

virtorio said,

a) I was exaggerating and
b) Yes I am an avid user of Windows Phone 7.5 and trawl the app store regularly trying to find some decent apps. And I can confirm there is a load of s**t on there.

iOS and Android have the same problem. That is why quantity does not equal quality and I find it strange that these numbers are so important to some. Sure it shows interest in the platform by developers, but I'd find (e.g.) a metascore of all the apps on the individual marketplaces a far more interesting thing. That said, I do love Windows Phone.

Thief000 said,

iOS and Android have the same problem. That is why quantity does not equal quality and I find it strange that these numbers are so important to some. Sure it shows interest in the platform by developers, but I'd find (e.g.) a metascore of all the apps on the individual marketplaces a far more interesting thing. That said, I do love Windows Phone.

True . 99.9% of android ones are shocking or boring.

virtorio said,

a) I was exaggerating and
b) Yes I am an avid user of Windows Phone 7.5 and trawl the app store regularly trying to find some decent apps. And I can confirm there is a load of s**t on there.

Same here, im a wp user too and I was actually shocked that microsoft let so many sexy picture/sound board apps on the market place. I love indie developers and microsofts $99 developer registration makes it really easy for anyone to put out games not only on the windows phone, but also the xbox as well.

unfortunatly, I think a lot of people are still stuck in the mind set of trying to get apps workin in the same 'traditional' way, like you'd expect to use on ios. The result is a lot of apps that just don't feel right on metro or don't flow as well as they should.

However, some of the better developers have put some really good quality apps even when they have broken away from the metro theme, so its not all bad. However unless you have a unique reason for straying away from metro chances are using the metro is going to make your app look more polished stright away.

AppFlow and WPCentral are two great apps for new users to windows phone and will help them find some great apps without having to download 90% of the trash first time around until they find the gems.

Hopefully Microsoft can address their market place app and show some more community rated apps, and more then the puny list they show at the moment. They really aren't helping themselfs.