Windows Store now has over 1,000 Windows 8 apps

We have seen a large rise in the number of Windows 8 apps that users of the RTM version can see from the Windows Store. Today, a third party site that has been tracking the numbers of those apps stated that it has now passed the 1,000 milestone.

McAtkins Online says that in its latest app count shows there are now 1,004 apps that are visable for Windows Store users. This number includes both desktop apps (which cannot be directly downloaded from the Windows Store) and the "Modern" Windows 8 apps. Just a few days ago, the same website said there were 839 apps available on the Windows Store.

So the next question is, "How many Windows 8 apps will be in the Windows Store feature when the official launch of the OS happens on October 26th?" We still have a number of weeks to go before that happens and we suspect that there are quite a few apps that are waiting in the wings to be released.

It's also possible that Microsoft could be holding back until just a few days before October 26th before it decides to open the flood gates for new Windows 8 apps to be released.

Source: McAtkins Online | Image via McAtkins Online

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99.9% of apps on any store are junk, so when they have 100,000, they'll have 100 good apps. That's not bad at all.

I'm curious whether there is/will be a way to filter out apps outside of my language. I've only used up through the RP, but the market annoyed me a little with its significant number of not-even-a-western-language apps surging to the top of the list.

Joshie said,
I'm curious whether there is/will be a way to filter out apps outside of my language.
Open the store and go to Charms>Settings>Preferences, then enable "Make it easier to find apps in my preferred languages".

Arkose said,
Open the store and go to Charms>Settings>Preferences, then enable "Make it easier to find apps in my preferred languages".

Thanks for the tip!

Wait, "a third party website says"? Don't any of you at Neowin have the RTM and can check for yourselves? Just do a search for *.* in the Store.

Studio384 said,
How you can see all apps in the Windows Store like on the screenshot?
Search for "." or "*" (without quotes). Also in the settings turn off the language preference.

I don't care about the number of apps. I want the big apps like Skype, hulu, Netflix, hbogo, Disney, nick jr, last.fm, Pandora, facebook etc.... All of the other smaller apps are nice but it will be embarrassing if they don't have all the big ones once machines start coming out. The provided apps made by MS could all be better but are more than adequate as far as I'm concerned.

There's definitely a lot of crap in there already. Whenever I check, there's never anything new in the "New" section.

Tracking this right now seems pointless, because the store isn't open to developers yet. You can only sign up to submit apps to the store if you have an invitation code.

Durfman said,
There's definitely a lot of crap in there already. Whenever I check, there's never anything new in the "New" section.

Tracking this right now seems pointless, because the store isn't open to developers yet. You can only sign up to submit apps to the store if you have an invitation code.

I thought this changed with RTM?

I'd like to see how fast it takes for the Windows Store to get to 10,000 apps, only then will we be able to compare it to the competing app stores. Just for reference, even Windows Phone launched with 1,000 apps.

By October 26th they'll be around 3k apps listed I bet. Once devices go on sale after that we'll see more and more going up, maybe even quicker.

GP007 said,
By October 26th they'll be around 3k apps listed I bet. Once devices go on sale after that we'll see more and more going up, maybe even quicker.

There are a handful of good apps. Hopefully after the 26th there will be more quality and useful apps and random app quits will end, hopefully Pinball FX 2 gets its purchasing fixes and achievements fixed , maybe a Zune replacement and Modern Facebook app aside from People hub. We'll see but the reality is 75+% of all phone/tablet apps are crap.

MorganX said,

There are a handful of good apps. Hopefully after the 26th there will be more quality and useful apps and random app quits will end, hopefully Pinball FX 2 gets its purchasing fixes and achievements fixed , maybe a Zune replacement and Modern Facebook app aside from People hub. We'll see but the reality is 75+% of all phone/tablet apps are crap.

I'm sure good quality apps will come but I bet it'll take time. Developers need to get used to the new WinRT framework and also I'd rather not see them rush something out just for the hell of it.

Most of them are useless in the state they are in (a lot seem rushed just to get into the store) or are region locked. Doubt all 1004 will show in the U.K amongst other countries.

And the vast majority of them are crap. They (Anyone that has an app store) need to do something about crapware in their app stores.

There are a lot of "flashlight" (whitescreen) apps, "countdown until new years eve" apps, and much much more useless apps already...

I don't care about the amount of applications. For example, Iphone store and android has millions, however not more than 100 applications are really worth to install, the rest are useless stuff, clones,dumb applications, themes/wallpaper and such.

Am I running into a problem then, because the last 2 weeks have shown nothing new in the top left tile for new releases. It's been the same ass Plop or Piop or whatever it's called.

nesl247 said,
Am I running into a problem then, because the last 2 weeks have shown nothing new in the top left tile for new releases. It's been the same ass Plop or Piop or whatever it's called.

Same here. Also not sure where they get the view shown. I haven't seen that (of course maybe it isn't obvious like much of the store setup)

nesl247 said,
Am I running into a problem then, because the last 2 weeks have shown nothing new in the top left tile for new releases. It's been the same ass Plop or Piop or whatever it's called.

Exactly. I went for a week without anything new so I looked through the categories and saw a few new ones I noticed. I really hate the discovery aspects of the store. I couldn't imagine having 10.000 apps. I just search the store for "*" and it shows everything. You can also under settings have it filter anything not in your chosen language.

andrewbares said,
Including desktop apps is pretty silly, since they aren't actually written for Windows 8

They are giving win32 developers access to a large marketplace. How is that a bad thing?

Xerax said,

They are giving win32 developers access to a large marketplace. How is that a bad thing?

Because if the number of apps in the Win8 store is ever (it should be) greater than the number of apps in competitor's app stores, they need to start setting up the excuses now.

For example, they have already stated that apps that offer duplication of web sites, they don't really count, but apps like Facebook do count on the other stores.

Dashel said,
Because it is artificially inflating the number, not that the number means anything really to begin with.

It's software that's available to the operating system, how is it artificially inflating anything? Besides, if they didn't allow it then people would be screaming bloody murder about lockdown, censorship, evil closed monopolies, take your pick.

andrewbares said,
Including desktop apps is pretty silly, since they aren't actually written for Windows 8

IIRC the win32 applications for Windows 8 still have to be Windows 8 certified and therefore they still are considered Windows 8 applications.

Mr Nom Nom's said,

IIRC the win32 applications for Windows 8 still have to be Windows 8 certified and therefore they still are considered Windows 8 applications.


If you are planning on buying Windows RT surface or similar RT device, then you certainly would like to know how many metro apps there are. To provide a total number is okay, but then you should also provide a number for how many of those are Metro and how many Win32. Also, you can't install the Win32 apps from the store, there is just a link to download at the manufacturers website. So there is a very distinct difference between metro apps and win32 apps.
Also, when you install a win32 app, it won't automatically be downloaded and installed when you log in on another computer with the same account.

Furthermore, only a fraction of those apps are available internationally. So if you live in Sweden, and want a Metro app that isn't in the store because of the silly regional system, you are basically screwed, there is no way to get that app that app. A win 32 app on the other hand can always be bought or downloaded from the manufacturers website or online store.

Edited by Fred77, Sep 6 2012, 4:46pm :

Xerax said,

They are giving win32 developers access to a large marketplace. How is that a bad thing?

It needs to be available as a sorting criteria if it is there. I am cool with it being listed though.

Dashel said,
Because it is artificially inflating the number, not that the number means anything really to begin with.

Do you know how hard it is to write software? Just because it isn't a WinRT app, doesn't mean it shouldn't be allowed into a store that millions have access to..

Didn't say anything about it being allowed or not in the store or benefits thereof. We already know there are tons of Win32 apps, so only the WinRT number is of (limited) merit.