Windows Store now has over 35,000 Windows 8 apps

On October 26th, the day Windows 8 officially launched to the masses, the Windows Store had about 9,000 apps available for download according to third party sources. Microsoft has so far not given out its own official stats of how many apps have been published via the Windows Store, but today another third party site claims that there are now over 35,000 apps for Windows 8 available for the OS's users to download.

The information comes from MetroStore Scanner, which allows non-Windows 8 PC users to check out what's available in the Windows Store in a web browser. The 35,000 number is a worldwide app count; the site shows that the US market currently has over 22,000 local Windows 8 apps.

As McAkins Online points out, the number of Windows 8 apps in the store is about equal to the number of apps published in the Windows Phone Store in its first year. In the US, there are over 18,000 free Windows 8 apps, versus over 4,000 paid apps.

Of course, lots of people play the numbers game and while the Windows Store seems to be off to a good start, the most important thing is the quality of the apps rather than the quantity. We will also point out that a number of major apps are still missing from the store, including official apps for Facebook and Twitter, although the latter is working on their Windows 8 app for release in the near future.

Source: McAkins Online | Image via McAkins Online

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Ronnet said,
Windows 8: because it's better to be able to choose between a webpage, a free app and a paid app.
The same can be said for iOS and Android. You can use the webpage, a free app or a paid app..

As for my phone, I feel like when I open it... out of the box it should have mostly everything I need, the best built in experiences.

The less I have to go to the marketplace the more happy I am.

This is the case with Windows Phone imo, not many apps are needed to make the phone good...

I spent a while showing an older family member the store but struggled to give a use for most of them. I guess you could say the same thing about the old days of searching for something on cnet.

Numbers don't mean much. Shame that people don't look closely and break these app markets down by enumerating unique functions.

Searching the Store for "weather", I find app-vomit like PolandWeather, EgyptWeather, RomaniaWeather, FranceWeather, EnglandWeather, <insertCountryName>Weather, ad nauseum. I'm sure if you searched for "Clock", you'd also get dozens of apps that do nothing but show you the time - most of which are crappy copies of one another. I'm disappointed that even though apps have to get through some vetting and verification process that this sort of thing still happens.

Every appstore has it, probably intentional. If Microsoft were to clean up the store their first-year numbers would be well below iPad's numbers. Both Google and Apple are bumping up their numbers as well so it has become a numbers game. And right now this is what makes Windows 8/RT look good.

There are about as much apps out for Windows 8/RT now as there were for iPad in its first two months (which is more impressive if you consider iPad had may quick iPhone ports). On top of that it is estimated that Surface has sold over 2 million units, which is the same amount of iPads sold in its first two months (which is more impressive if you consider how few retailers are carrying the Surface).

These numbers do need to increase as the iPad has gained popularity since then and the interest in tablets -in general- has increased, nevertheless a good start for something thats as radically different as Windows 8/RT.

Nevertheless, this is great for Microsoft considering this is there very first app store for Windows 8. Of course it'll take time for them to be at least close to being at par with the number of apps in the App Store or Google Play; but, all good things come with time.

Microsoft isn't exactly going to win the numbers game anytime soon. I'd expect that with the momentum of the iOS ecosystem that MS won't top their raw numbers in the next four years, and allowing apps like <countryName>Weather, or "List of Windows 8 Keyboard Shortcuts" isn't doing them favors when someone browses the store and wonders "what is this ****?"

The best strategy that MS can pull at this point is to start attacking the notion that raw numbers matter, maybe by introducing the idea that each app store has a redundancy factor - something like the number of unique functions divided by the total number of apps. I'd rather they ended 2013 with 5000 exemplary, unique apps than top a million by continuing to accept useless copycat ones.

That's what I personally would want as well but numbers do matter. Those apps you mention are also in the play and app store. As you said Microsoft isnt going to win the numbers game any time soon but if they were to diminish the (cr)apps it would look like they are doing far worse than Apple was in its first year.

I to hate seeing all those crapps in the store and Microsoft should focus on promoting quality apps. However the crapp can remain in the store, Microsoft just needs to make better categories such as 'most popular this month', 'most downloaded all time', 'new and high rated' etc.

Ronnet
I to hate seeing all those crapps in the store and Microsoft should focus on promoting quality apps. However the crapp can remain in the store, Microsoft just needs to make better categories such as 'most popular this month', 'most downloaded all time', 'new and high rated' etc.
True, but there'll always be crap apps in the Windows Store, App Store and Google Play.

Relativity_17 said,
Microsoft isn't exactly going to win the numbers game anytime soon. I'd expect that with the momentum of the iOS ecosystem that MS won't top their raw numbers in the next four years, and allowing apps like <countryName>Weather, or "List of Windows 8 Keyboard Shortcuts" isn't doing them favors when someone browses the store and wonders "what is this ****?"

The best strategy that MS can pull at this point is to start attacking the notion that raw numbers matter, maybe by introducing the idea that each app store has a redundancy factor - something like the number of unique functions divided by the total number of apps. I'd rather they ended 2013 with 5000 exemplary, unique apps than top a million by continuing to accept useless copycat ones.


People vote for the crap apps, I usually only check the Top ones, and am surprised what 'other' people use -.-

I think 99.99999% is pretty accurate, for every individual.

Unlessss.... an individual wanted 5 flashlight apps for no apparent reason.

Apple Store: 897 fart apps out of 700,000+ apps = approx. 0.12% of all apps
Windows Store: 25 fart apps out of 35,000+ apps = approx. 0.07% of all apps

In conclusion, the App Store takes up more fart apps than the Windows Store.