Windows Phone Marketplace reaches 50,000 apps mark

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.

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smooth3006 said,
Does neowin keep having to report everytime the wp7 market grows a tiny bit?

Yes, that's because Metro UI is beautiful, and Android's UI is fugly as hell.

england_fanboy said,

Yes, that's because Metro UI is beautiful, and Android's UI is fugly as hell.

I don't see how that explains the frequency of Neowin's reporting of WP marketplace increases. I could understand 25/50/75/100, but doing an article every time it increases by 10k or less is just strange. Wake me up when it hits 100k.

I'm betting at least half of those 50,000 are copyright infringing apps. It's pathetic that Microsoft isn't doing almost any quality control in the marketplace (Illegal game ROMs, for example).

MattWeihl said,
I'm betting at least half of those 50,000 are copyright infringing apps. It's pathetic that Microsoft isn't doing almost any quality control in the marketplace (Illegal game ROMs, for example).

Are you sure you're not talking about Android?

MattWeihl said,
I'm betting at least half of those 50,000 are copyright infringing apps. It's pathetic that Microsoft isn't doing almost any quality control in the marketplace (Illegal game ROMs, for example).

That is the funniest comment I read today. Thanks for the humor.

MattWeihl said,
I'm betting at least half of those 50,000 are copyright infringing apps. It's pathetic that Google isn't doing almost any quality control in the Android Market (Illegal game ROMs, for example).

Fixed that for you!!!

Nick Kessler said,

Are you sure you're not talking about Android?

No. Android has this problem, too (though a bit more severe). Microsoft still has a problem of having illegal content in their marketplace (again, copyright infringement apps). Don't forget the countless amounts of fart and crap apps. Just look at their web marketplace.

Gungel said,

That is the funniest comment I read today. Thanks for the humor.

Glad to see you are humored at copyright infringement. I'm assuming if you were a content creator, you wouldn't be so humored.

MattWeihl said,

Glad to see you are humored at copyright infringement. I'm assuming if you were a content creator, you wouldn't be so humored.

50% or more, common now that is total BS.

MattWeihl said,

No. Android has this problem, too (though a bit more severe). Microsoft still has a problem of having illegal content in their marketplace (again, copyright infringement apps). Don't forget the countless amounts of fart and crap apps. Just look at their web marketplace.

The difference is that Microsoft work very quickly, more so than Google, to remove infringing apps from the marketplace if they manage to slip through the net.

Amazing how people write it off simply because it's so much less than Apples or Androids marketplace, but it hasn't been around as long either. These things take time and certainly as more (smart) people pick up a Windows Phone, the more apps will be added.

ghos said,
Amazing how people write it off simply because it's so much less than Apples or Androids marketplace, but it hasn't been around as long either. These things take time and certainly as more (smart) people pick up a Windows Phone, the more apps will be added.

Is Windows Phone competing against the iPhone from 2007 or the iPhone from 2011?

I clearly remember iPhone was getting same humiliating impressions from people after the first year of iPhone release. Everybody was saying iPhone is such a toy. and look how far they've made it now. its officially the best smart phone in the world with half a million apps in market. go on people but Windows phone will be second very soon if not first.