Windows Phone Store app submissions up by 40 percent

The launch of Windows Phone 8 has caused many more people to buy Windows Phone products, at least according to Microsoft. That increased interest from customers has also extended to interest from Windows Phone app makers.

The official Windows Phone developer blog reports that since the launch of Windows Phone 8, " ... we are experiencing a sustained 40 (percent) increase in Windows Phone app submissions." In fact, there's apparently been so many app makers submitting their creations to be published, Microsoft says they will have a full staff working to approve apps to the Windows Phone Store through most of the upcoming holiday period.

There will be some exceptions during the holiday week. Microsoft will not be testing any Windows Phone apps on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, nor will they test on New Year's Day. The blog advices app developers to " ... allow 5 business days for your app to be certified during the holiday timeframe."

In other words, if you want your app published before Christmas, it might be a good idea to submit it before the end of this week. We suspect that some people will be getting new Nokia Lumia 920 or HTC Windows Phone 8X phones for Christmas and app developers will likely want to have their apps in the store for download on Christmas Day.

Source: Windows Phone blog | Image via Microsoft

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40% more fart sound boards, sexy picture and apps that simply don't work? Hopefully there will be some metacritic data to filter the trash.

I'm struggling to actually find anything on the store, it only ever lists 100 items and there doesn't seem to be anyway to properly browse the store for apps in a list with any detail. The way the store even works right now you have to click on one, wait for it to load and then read it to find out what the app does then click back, find where you were and repeat. Very long winded and gets old quickly.

I have used both stores for wp and ios and I would say minus a couple apps the wp store has much better quality apps and no where near the number of useless crappy apps. It is also much easier and faster to browse the wp store, apps also install much faster.

And is funny that non of my wp phones act the way you explain when browsing the store. I would say your explanation seems morebfitting for ios.

korupt_one said,
And is funny that non of my wp phones act the way you explain when browsing the store. I would say your explanation seems morebfitting for ios.

Keep dreaming. You can be happy with the poor implantation of how the store lists work and keep telling yourself its better then iOS. I also have a WP and the marketplace store is very bad, you actually need other apps such as wpcentral or appflow and both are much better ways to discover and browse the market place.

The iOS store is also bad, but at least we have a desktop app that we can use.. does Zune even let you browse games and software anymore? that's right. Its a royal pain to find apps worth using, even if you try and go by the ratings, if its not skewed sponsored apps being pushed, its usually junk that doesn't work properly or an half arsed way of doing things. Microsoft has NOT set the standard for developers to aim for, they've left the entire platform on a sub par level as far as apps go, and it even seems to have progressed with Windows 8 (apps and store are just as bad).

I don't have a Windows Phone at all, but I'm quite sure you can go on any desktop browser and check the Windows Phone website to see the Apps+Games section where you can browse/search there. You can sign-in to buy/try stuff and see your purchase history too. I just Binged it and here it is: http://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/store

Quikboy said,
I don't have a Windows Phone at all, but I'm quite sure you can go on any desktop browser and check the Windows Phone website to see the Apps+Games section where you can browse/search there. You can sign-in to buy/try stuff and see your purchase history too. I just Binged it and here it is: http://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/store

It's still very poor design, there is no detail view you've still go to click on the picture for each one. You're pretty much guessing what app to look at by how good the picture looks or, hopefully, they gave it a descriptive enough title to let you know what it does.

What's more worrying is that Microsoft only fixed the windows phone's store website with the release of windows phone 8. Up until then, clicking on applications would list the games, it was a joke.
Its just little things like that, here and there that really start to grate after a while and I'm a long time windows phone user. There are supposed to be quite a lot of apps and games on the store now, yet the way its set up it feels like I'm pulling teeth to even see a 1000 of them.

sagum said,
wait for it to load and then read it to

What? You can´t wait a fraction of a second? It loads instantly.

sagum said,
then click back, find where you were and repeat.

Ahm I don't know what you are doing there, on mine it goes back to where I was.


But I agree, it should have a front description.

Other than Wells Fargo and Hulu plus, there is no app I feel like I'm missing on Windows Phone. Granted I've never seen the Apple or Droid app stores to know what I'm missing, but I imagine they have the same ratio of flashlight and fart apps which inflates their store apps quite a bit.