Windows Store begins 2014 with over 142,000 apps

On December 27, 2012, Neowin reported that there were over 35,000 Windows apps available for download worldwide in the Windows Store. Today, just over a year later, that number has increased to about four times that amount, according to data from Metro Scanner.

The site, which allows users to see what's in the store, shows that as of today, there are a total of 142,451 apps available for download. Of that number, 108,739 apps can be accessed by U.S. users; Microsoft officially announced that the Windows Store had reached the 100,000 app milestone in July.

While there is still a ton of apps published in the store every day that are blatant copies of other popular applications, Windows has seen the Modern app family increase with a number of major releases in the past 365 days. That includes the official Windows 8.1 Facebook app, along with Foursqure, Flipboard, Twitter and more. Yet there are still plenty of gaps in the Modern app library, most notably from YouTube , although Google apparently gave the OK to build the app for the Xbox One, which uses the Windows 8 kernel.

Microsoft has recently been offering some limited data on Windows Store statistics. It claimed that the Store had 1.7 million daily app downloads in October, with a total of over 51 million apps downloaded for that month. In November, the company said the store had 1.3 million app downloads for paid games and over 16 million free game downloads, but declined to give overall app statistics.

Source: Metro Scanner | Image via Microsoft

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The Windows apps are so lame compared to Android apps. I am totally disappointed in them.
Ones I'm used to using on Android don't even come close to being as good, like Facebook, Twitter and TuneIn Radio for examples.
Microsoft's own apps aren't even really usable, like Xbox Music and Xbox Video.
Windows 8 just seems so dumned down and featureless, but it's sure fast, so I like it, lol.

95 percent of all the app stores are crap apps, not just the windows app store. I see a bunch of dogs on the apple and google app stores.

I'd even go further and say that since people use far less than 1% of the available apps on any platform, more than 99% of the apps are worthless to them. Seriously, as long as the apps you want are available, who gives a **** about the rest?

I've given up on browsing any app store. If I know the specific name of an app I want I'll search for it and get it, but there's just too much trash to bother trying to browse through anything.

Lord Method Man said,
I've given up on browsing any app store. If I know the specific name of an app I want I'll search for it and get it, but there's just too much trash to bother trying to browse through anything.

Which is why you can look for top rated or most downloaded apps within a particular search result. I've found a lot of great apps in both the Windows and Windows Phone stores this way.

stevember said,
I sent my surface pro 2 back because at the moment that apps are so much better at on iPad.

Shame but true for now.

Really? Because the reason most Apps exist is because their Website doesn't work on the iPad or Android, which is NOT a problem with Windows.

Also you do realize you can run every single Android App on a Surface Pro, right? Search: BlueStacks

Mobius Enigma said,

Really? Because the reason most Apps exist is because their Website doesn't work on the iPad or Android, which is NOT a problem with Windows.

Why woudn't any website work on some specific system? You can run Chrome everywhere after all.

Mobius Enigma said,

Really? Because the reason most Apps exist is because their Website doesn't work on the iPad or Android, which is NOT a problem with Windows.

Also you do realize you can run every single Android App on a Surface Pro, right? Search: BlueStacks

You cannot compare the performance difference between running a dedicated app and one from a website. You gotta do some research.

And if Microsoft thought that everything can be ran from a site, and just as esily, thats the route they would have went.

Point being, dedicated apps have more customization and performance options than their website counterparts. Just because the windows app store is fillef with garbage web link apps dont make them good.

stevember said,
I sent my surface pro 2 back because at the moment that apps are so much better at on iPad.

Shame but true for now.

Well, I personally don't think that a person that can get what they need from an ipad should buy a Surface Pro 2 anyway. Surface 2 is the competitor for they ipad not the Surface pro.

Besides, 15 minutes of research of the app ecosystem would have save you lots of time and effort.

lmaobox said,

Why woudn't any website work on some specific system? You can run Chrome everywhere after all.

Open Pandora on your Android phone/tablet in Chrome, Stream Music, then flip to something else. Tell me how well that works for you.

Or trying opening 99% of the games on Facebook that are Flash based. (Even if running the Flash mod, tell me how well they perform on an Android tablet.)

Or Open Hulu or Netflix in Chrome on Android or iOS, tell me how well it works and plays in the browser.

All these things work in the IE11 browser on Windows 8.1.

These types of Apps are at the center of why and what Apps were created for that are based off of Web Sites, as the Web sites either did not or still do not work properly in mobile browsers. Windows is NOT using a mobile browser.

Understand the difference?

stevan said,

You cannot compare the performance difference between running a dedicated app and one from a website. You gotta do some research.

And if Microsoft thought that everything can be ran from a site, and just as esily, thats the route they would have went.

Point being, dedicated apps have more customization and performance options than their website counterparts. Just because the windows app store is fillef with garbage web link apps dont make them good.

Technically the abstraction layer of running a dedicated App versus running content inside IE11 is not much different. Both get to the hardware at about the same point and level of performance.

This also goes beyond HTML5 and is why Microsoft pulled in Flash to run at a lower level, so Apps in IE11 would have closer to native performance.

There are also exceptions, running things like Facebook or Netflix in IE11 is actually FASTER than the native Apps, try it and see what I mean.

Running a game like Candy Crush in IE11 versus the dedicated App isn't going to be different.

I do agree that running something like Project Spark in a native WinRT App is going to be faster if the game is truly using a DirectX engine and not just a higher layer wrapper engine.

99.999% of the Apps people use will and do run just as or faster in IE11 and have more features than their 'App' variations. Even Microsoft's own Outlook.com is as fast in IE11 as the built in Mail App.

Even on a touch device, IE11 touch support is brilliant and makes the need for a dedicate 'touch' friendly App less important or needed.

Which brings me back to my point, there is NOT a NEED for dedicated Apps that have fully functional Websites already.

There are always exceptions, but they are outside the scope of this conversation. Most of the iOS and Android apps based on Web sites were developed because it was impossible to use the website content in their browsers.

Mobius Enigma said,

Open Pandora on your Android phone/tablet in Chrome, Stream Music, then flip to something else. Tell me how well that works for you.

I just did that in IE11 on Windows RT 8.1 and when I flipped to another app the music stopped playing.

Mobius Enigma said,

Open Pandora on your Android phone/tablet in Chrome, Stream Music, then flip to something else. Tell me how well that works for you.

Or trying opening 99% of the games on Facebook that are Flash based. (Even if running the Flash mod, tell me how well they perform on an Android tablet.)

Or Open Hulu or Netflix in Chrome on Android or iOS, tell me how well it works and plays in the browser.

All these things work in the IE11 browser on Windows 8.1.

These types of Apps are at the center of why and what Apps were created for that are based off of Web Sites, as the Web sites either did not or still do not work properly in mobile browsers. Windows is NOT using a mobile browser.

Understand the difference?

I have no idea what are you talking about, Chrome on iOS loads exactly same looking pages just like Chrome on Windows 8.1 or IE11 on Windows 8.1.
Also Facebook doesn't have any games that I play, I can't even imagine playing GTA San Andreas via Facebook website.

Lord Method Man said,

I just did that in IE11 on Windows RT 8.1 and when I flipped to another app the music stopped playing.

Use IE11 on the desktop.

Side Note:

This is one of my pet peeves with the Win8 App team, they don't allow media integration for IE11 Modern.

The irony is that IE9/IE10 on WP7/WP8 does allow media integration and HTML5 content adds itself to the system media player and will continue to play.
(This is why a dedicated Pandora App on WP was less important, as the website worked just fine on WP and integrated the stream to the system media player.)

I agree it is silly the modern IE on Win8 doesn't work like IE on WP8; however, the desktop version of the browser works fine, even on Windows RT devices, and will play in the background.

lmaobox said,

I have no idea what are you talking about, Chrome on iOS loads exactly same looking pages just like Chrome on Windows 8.1 or IE11 on Windows 8.1.
Also Facebook doesn't have any games that I play, I can't even imagine playing GTA San Andreas via Facebook website.

No Chrome does not render things the same...

Outside the HTML5 differences, just open a site that has Flash content or Silverlight content. Even open sites that are media rich HTML5 like Netflix, Hulu, or Pandora.

They do not work properly on Chrome on iOS or Safari on iOS - that is why they need dedicated Apps to work. PERIOD.

With Windows 8.1 and IE1, you can use these websites without needing an App. They work and display inside the browser.


As for Facebook Games, they just work on IE11 on Windows inside the browser. They DO NOT work inside Chrome on iOS or Chrome on Android.

So a Windows 8 user doesn't need to buy or find an 'App' to play their favorite Facebook game. (I'm not a Facebook gamer, I am using this as an example.)

As dedicated Apps come out, they will start being more optimized by using Direct3D, which is already happening more on Windows Phone at the moment than Windows 8 due to the earlier development cycle and engine porting.

I won't want to play a browser version of GTA San Andreas either, as it needs a bit more power to look good and be respectable. However, with the porting of engines in the last year, you will notice that a majority of high end games like GTA San Andreas are becoming available on both Windows Phone and Windows 8.
(I think I saw it announced just a few days ago.)

With full Direct3D support on Windows Phone and Windows 8, the engines being ported are considerably more advanced and faster than comparable OpenGL ES based engines on Android.

So as the transition happens, the main iOS and Android 'quality' games are starting to appear on W8/WP8 and if the developers want to push the titles, they will be able to offer higher quality games with the full DIrect3D framework and not a reduced mobile variation.

Note what I mentioned about Project Spark, it is a WinRT/DirectX game, and is shoving around graphics that is currently impossible on Android and iOS, even if they had the hardware to support it.

It is these types of Apps that there is a need for a dedicated App to take full advantage of what Windows offers developers.

The main point is that 99.999% of all the games Apps you will find on iOS or Android are playable on Windows 8.

This doesn't require even a mindset change; through IE11 people 'used' to play them through Yahoo Games or Facebook as they work like they always did.

And the few titles that are Android exclusives, also run just fine on Windows 8 with BlueStacks or pick another Android VM technology.
(There are even ways to VM OS X or iOS on Windows 8 and play iOS games as well, but that is getting more technical and violates Apple licensing - but it is technically possible.)

There are a lot of inherent advantages to have a FULL OS and not a reduced functionality mobile OS, as it allows the user to do what they always did while waiting for dedicated WinRT Apps to arrive if that is what they want.


If you still have doubts that Chrome works as well as IE11, head over to:
http://ie.microsoft.com/testdrive/

These are pure HTML5/CSS3 demonstrations and tests and have nothing to do with the lack of Silverlight or Flash that IE has. Notice the ones that DO NOT display properly on Chrome, or the ones that play properly but are up to 500 times slower. Chrome doesn't handle RIA or graphically rich HTML5/CSS3 content well, and that is why you see a huge performance difference between Chrome and IE11 on the same hardware, let alone trying to run these tests on an Android tablet or an iPad. (All these tests run on EVERY Windows 8.1 tablet just fine.)

I'm not trying to 'argue' for Internet only Websites instead of Apps, I am trying to demonstrate that until more and better Apps are available, a Windows 8 tablet user doesn't have to give up any Apps or functionality because most content is available via their website version.

Take care...

Edited by Mobius Enigma, Jan 2 2014, 12:09am :

Lord Method Man said,
Nice, keeps playing in Desktop mode - another reason to avoid "Metro" I guess.

Still doesn't keep my Surface from going to sleep though.

Power Option, create new Plan and call it "Play my Music" based on a copy of a low power mode, turn off Sleep. Then just flip to this Plan when you are streaming music. It will keep your battery from draining and keep the stream alive.

Good luck.

stevember said,
I sent my surface pro 2 back because at the moment that apps are so much better at on iPad.

Shame but true for now.

Why on earth would you buy a Surface "Pro" 2 just for modern apps?

The Pro models vs iPad is an extremely silly comparison both in price and function. If you really bought a Pro around the idea of only using modern apps and as a content-only consumer, I don't see how you could have had any idea what you were buying or why you were buying it.

stevember said,
I sent my surface pro 2 back because at the moment that apps are so much better at on iPad.

Shame but true for now.

Okay, I should have explained better.

Because my disability I do spend longer periods in bed, I also rely on speech software for typing. The android and iOS have it sorted when it comes to speech software direct from the keyboard, the surface has not yet.

I wanted a device that would enable me to carry on coding and to multitask properly which is why I bought a surface pro 2, I wanted to run Windows programs as well as apps.

For most things it will brilliant, build quality and everything about it I loved and I will be purchasing another one in the summer I expect.

But I found myself going back to the iPad to use certain applications, they are convenient. I didn't want to have to have to go to websites, not designed for touch, need to be online at the time.

So until the release of these apps which will be coming Sky Control, TV Controls, WD Live Control to name just a few control apps that make my life a lot easier I am stuck with the iPad or android.

I am not an Apple fan boy I love my Samsung phone, and really wanted to keep the surface but I could not justify £800 and keep going back to my iPad.

and 99% of them no-one ever cared about. It's not about the number of apps. It's about having the key apps and games.

seta-san said,
and 99% of them no-one ever cared about. It's not about the number of apps. It's about having the key apps and games.

^This type of stuff I still don't get. With a Windows tablet you have a REAL browser that can use the traditional website content.

The reason MOST Apps were created is because iOS and Android cannot run the site/contents in their browser.

If you want to play Farmville/Candy Crush or insert App name here, just open your browser and run it, you don't need to download an App.

Additionally because Windows is a full OS, it can run Android in a VM or even through dedicated software like BlueStacks, giving you access to all the Android titles.

And there is the pesky bit of trivia that a Windows tablet can also run all software created from the 80s and 90s and millions of software titles designed specifically for Windows.

There are MORE Apps and MORE website content available on Windows 8 when it shipped than Android and iOS combined, yet people are still stuck at specific WinRT Apps being available.

PS When you can run Corel Painter and Photoshop, you REALLY do not need the cute low functioning 'App'.

Mobius Enigma said,

^This type of stuff I still don't get. With a Windows tablet you have a REAL browser that can use the traditional website content.

The reason MOST Apps were created is because iOS and Android cannot run the site/contents in their browser.

If you want to play Farmville/Candy Crush or insert App name here, just open your browser and run it, you don't need to download an App.

Additionally because Windows is a full OS, it can run Android in a VM or even through dedicated software like BlueStacks, giving you access to all the Android titles.

And there is the pesky bit of trivia that a Windows tablet can also run all software created from the 80s and 90s and millions of software titles designed specifically for Windows.

There are MORE Apps and MORE website content available on Windows 8 when it shipped than Android and iOS combined, yet people are still stuck at specific WinRT Apps being available.

PS When you can run Corel Painter and Photoshop, you REALLY do not need the cute low functioning 'App'.

Dude stop it with your logical nonsense. You should be banned from this site \s

seta-san said,
and 99% of them no-one ever cared about. It's not about the number of apps. It's about having the key apps and games.

True enough, 99% are useless. However more apps also means that you have more '1%' apps. And thats the entire point of comparing how many apps you have! And this holds true. If you look for apps in the Windows Store these days then you find a lot of great apps. There really isnt anything I lack at the moment. More importantely the app quality has skyrocked the last few months.