Microsoft's Windows Phone Marketplace has now reached the major milestone of having 50,000 apps submitted to the download service for users of Windows Phone devices. According to a study at AllAboutWindowsPhone.com, the 50,000 app mark was reached several days earlier than expected by the site.
Earlier this month, the web site said that the Windows Phone Marketplace had reached the 45,000 app submission milestone. At that time the pace of the apps submitted and approved for the marketplace suggested that the 50,000 mark would be reached sometime in early January. The fact that the new milestone was reached much earlier suggests that more and more apps, and therefore more developers, are creating and submitting apps to the marketplace at a much faster rate.
The web site speculates that the launch of Nokia's Lumia phones in Europe have also sparked the interest of app developers to make software for Windows Phone.
The last four weeks has seen about 265 apps a day being submitted and approved by Microsoft for the marketplace. According to the report. In November, when the marketplace reached the 40,000 mark, only 165 apps were being submitted to the download store. Based on this pace, the Windows Phone Marketplace should reach the 100,000 mark by summer 2012.