Windows Store in Windows 8 now has 400 apps

Even though Microsoft is very close to completing the RTM version of Windows 8, the Release Preview version is still out there and being used by a number of early adopters. They have also been downloading and using the Windows 8 Metro apps that are available for free on the Windows Store.

Today, McAkins Online says that as of today, the Windows Store has 400 apps to download for Release Preview users of Windows 8. While that number may seem small, keep in mind that this is for a pre-release version of Windows 8 and that there are likely a lot more Metro apps to come before Windows 8 hits retail.

The site breaks down the Windows 8 apps in terms of categories: 63 of the apps are in the News and Weather group while games are close behind in second with 59 apps, Windows 8 apps labeled as entertainment are in third with 47, Music and Video apps are in a distant fourth place with 22 apps, followed by Books and Reference with 21 Windows 8 apps.

As we have reported before, Microsoft won't accept paid app submissions until the RTM version is officially launched in the first week of August.

Source: McAkins Online | Image via McAtkins Online

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Just checked, and only 283/400 apps are available in the UK store. If this continues in the RTM store, there's going to be a lot of fragmentation between the stores.
Even I don't understand why apps like Amazon and TuneIn have to be US only.

Possession said,
Just checked, and only 283/400 apps are available in the UK store. If this continues in the RTM store, there's going to be a lot of fragmentation between the stores.
Even I don't understand why apps like Amazon and TuneIn have to be US only.

Maybe because they don't have support for pounds/euros? I really don't know, to tell you the truth...just a guess.

Can someone tell me where I can simply view ALL APPS in Win8?

I'd simply like to just see them all and scroll through them as I miss alot of apps looking for them in each category.

As far as the number goes 400 is fine for a pre release, I think some got removed from the first preview to the latest preview as well.

swanlee said,
Can someone tell me where I can simply view ALL APPS in Win8?

I'd simply like to just see them all and scroll through them as I miss alot of apps looking for them in each category.

As far as the number goes 400 is fine for a pre release, I think some got removed from the first preview to the latest preview as well.

Best way I have found is to simply search "*" which acts as a wildcard.

A lot of the apps are crap also. Especially the ones made by Microsoft. Their map software doesn't even detect your correct location (several reviewers also state that). Their "Finanace" app doesn't work with all stock symbols. Their Microsoft weather App is ok, but the Weatherbug app actually works better, at least for displaying the radar.

You would think they could at least have written their own Apps that worked correctly if they plan on forcing people to use this.

And considering there's still region locks on quite a few of them. I wanted to use the TuneIn Radio app out of all of them, and it's not available on the UK store.

Possession said,
And considering there's still region locks on quite a few of them. I wanted to use the TuneIn Radio app out of all of them, and it's not available on the UK store.

Noticed that as well. It was available in the beginning but it was a lil buggy (crashed if you had a time-zone other than GMT-8). I guess they region-locked it for the time being.

For the record, this number is very low mainly because your regular developer can't even submit an app to the app store at this point.

Also, for comparison's sake, Windows Phone 7 debuted with 1,000 apps in the app store.

Great number for a start. But, how many of them are quality enough?

This is MS' forte for Win 8 and the tablet market, so a good combination of numbers and quality shall do the job.

Jose_49 said,
Great number for a start. But, how many of them are quality enough?

From what I've seen so far, not many unfortunately. I'm excited to see what comes out soon though!

Mark said,

From what I've seen so far, not many unfortunately. I'm excited to see what comes out soon though!

Remember that all the apps are free so you get what you pay for

Jose_49 said,
Great number for a start. But, how many of them are quality enough?

This is MS' forte for Win 8 and the tablet market, so a good combination of numbers and quality shall do the job.

I think you'll start to see better and bigger metro apps (bigger as in more feature rich) after developers get the final SDK which they don't have yet.

GP007 said,

I think you'll start to see better and bigger metro apps (bigger as in more feature rich) after developers get the final SDK which they don't have yet.

And once we're allowed to actually charge money. And once all developers are even allowed to submit to the Store... it's a pain getting an app through the strict approval process right now.

rfirth said,

And once we're allowed to actually charge money. And once all developers are even allowed to submit to the Store... it's a pain getting an app through the strict approval process right now.

You'd think they'd have to open it up soon, the guess was before RTM but since there is a gap between RTM and GA then I suppose it will be when it RTMs finally and the final SDK goes out together.

Jose_49 said,
Great number for a start. But, how many of them are quality enough?

This is MS' forte for Win 8 and the tablet market, so a good combination of numbers and quality shall do the job.

I think there are some really great quality apps. Most apps feels polished and looks great. Fresh Paint, Cut The Rope, Grantophone, Cocktail Flow etc. feel like something that just couldn't (wouldn't?) be done using the old Windows API. Really like what I see so far and this is just the beginning!