Windows Store passes 150,000 app milestone

The number of Modern apps for Windows 8 and 8.1 has now surpassed the 150,000 milestone. That's the word from MetroScanner, a website that monitors the number of apps that Microsoft publishes in the store on a daily basis.

The exact number, as of today, is 150,086, according to the website. While at one point the number of published apps seemed to accelerate in the store, the pace has definitely slowed in the past several months. Windows 8 launched on October 2012 and the Windows Store reached the 100,000 app milestone in July 2013, nine months later. Eight months since that mark, the store has only added 50,000 apps, a nearly 50 percent drop in growth.

The sheer numbers are not quite as important to many people as the quality of the apps in the store. In the past few months, the official Windows 8.1 Facebook app has been released along with Flipboard, and most recently the beta of the VLC media player, However, there are still some major app gaps in the store in terms of support with apps like Twitter only receiving incremental updates. 

Recently, leaked Microsoft documents showed that the company has plans to allow developers to create an app that will work with Windows 8 and Windows Phone with a minimal amount of extra coding effort. If that is put in place, we could see a new boost in the number of  published Windows 8 apps.

Source: MetroScanner via WinBeta | Image via Microsoft

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I just checked apps on MS store the other day and It was still all crap there. Most of the apps have garbage functionality. And Metro Sucks.

Auditor said,
...And Metro Sucks.

Just couldn't help yourself could you? There are a handful of commenters here who share the same view you do, but they managed to avoid this childish bashing. Such a shame too.

Ideas Man said,

Just couldn't help yourself could you? There are a handful of commenters here who share the same view you do, but they managed to avoid this childish bashing. Such a shame too.

So as per you putting forward opinion is shame. Then I guess you have very low criteria for shame. Metro sucks anyway. MS need to invest in getting quality app rather than focusing on quantity. A word of unwanted advice though, Stop being over sensitive.

Auditor said,
I just checked apps on MS store the other day and It was still all crap there. Most of the apps have garbage functionality. And Metro Sucks.

Totally agree with you! The only one I use is Netflix.

Not necessarily, there are a lot of good apps out there for 8, not as many for iOS and Android but I've got a lot loaded up on my 8 machines that I use all of the time. Add in the flexibility of the desktop and you really have a heck of lot of capability on these devices.

LUTZIFER said,
The apps are awful compared to Android apps.

Really depends on the app or the availability of the app on the other platform. All app stores have their strong points and weaknesses.

warwagon said,
and those apps are awful compared to iOS, so that makes WP ...3rd?

how can you say Android apps are awful compared to iOS when the most powerfull and open OS is Android??? iOS fans are completely ignorant or just plain ....

I would love to see more and more interviews with the developers. I cherish those type of articles, because something tells me if RT was a joy to develop for there would be more quality apps. We need more developer stories. That is the real story Neowin.

The thing about the Windows Phone appstore that bothers me isn't so much the quantity, it's the quality. Many apps seem half-hearted attempts, instagram isn't even a 'final' build.... but above all that, there are so many duplicate trash apps. Does anyone curate the store and it's submissions?? I know ppl criticised Apple for removal of apps at times but at least it keeps the appstore relevent. Type Flappy Bird into the store and you'll get tons of cruddy results. Apple had it right removing the clones! Please MS get stricter or something.

That's the main thing about iOS I like. The quality of the apps, not the quantity. The Facebook client for example just keeps getting better and better, when I open it on my lumia I feel like I stepped back to 2009. I am eagerly anticipating 8.1.

Joswin said,
The Facebook client for example just keeps getting better and better, when I open it on my lumia I feel like I stepped back to 2009.
Yes, but that's bloody FB's fault, ain't it?

They've gone from 140,000 to 150,000 since roughly Dec. 24th up until this point. If we estimate 10k per quarter, giving room to say 50k a year, it's still going to take quite some time to catch up.

I don't care in the least if they never catch up in terms of total apps, just as long as they catch up in terms of quality apps with comparable features as on other platforms.

Totally non-scientific results searching the store:

Search Results:
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Youtube = 1000+ apps
196 = flappy
14 = Futurama
1000+ = search
235 = temple
41 = corn
960 = Google
1000+ = Microsoft
5 = mole people

Reviews for the Top 5 Free Apps:
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Facebook = 20,505
Skype = 312,877
Flappy Birds HD = 1,510
Asphalt 8: Airborne = 21,284
Netflix = 145,773
Microsoft Solitaire Collection = 64,382

It's good that the sorry lazy act which is the Twitter app gets mentioned here. That app has been needing a healthy update for almost a year. So many bugs and lacking in features.

Numbers mean absolutely nothing, as I've said in all the 'countung' articles for windows phone time would be better spent showcasing useful apps...

Important note when you're calculating the growth: during February, Microsoft seemed to have hold a cleanup, a lot of app where removed during this month.

JHBrown said,
Quality of Apps > Quantity of Apps

I don't think anyone debates that point but when your competition talks up the size of their stores then if you only come in with, but we have better quality, it just sounds like a excuse. Numbers draw attention more than anything else in the world we live in today.

George P said,
Numbers draw attention more than anything else in the world we live in today.

The iPhone started out with *0* third-party apps.

CJEric said,

The iPhone started out with *0* third-party apps.

Ok? It also didn't pickup in popularity and sales till the app store took off.

Not only that, but can they honestly come in and say they've got more quality apps? I've seen enough garbage in the Windows store on my Surface and Yoga laptop that makes it hard to swallow that idea...

dead.cell said,
Not only that, but can they honestly come in and say they've got more quality apps?
Are they saying this? Anyway, more total apps means more quality apps too, so I say bring 'em on.

It was a phone, not a tablet. It had zero competition in its class. It impossible for Microsoft to copy (the only thing they know how to do well is copy) Apple, this window of opportunity is closed. They hoped that either Office or Desktop will help, both failed. Now they have to wait until natural replacement of PCs and incremental fixes to Windows help Desktop and time helps their Store, and be happy with any growth in the app numbers. BTW, their own Cloud undermines their Office differentiating with tablets.

I guess the number of apps is irrelevant since buyers still think before purchase. Quality of the best apps is what allows Apple to sell at a premium. Which platform hosts most of the new and interesting ideas is strategic and I guess it is not Windows now. I feel Android have gained parity with iOS and is advancing.

Romero said,
Are they saying this? Anyway, more total apps means more quality apps too, so I say bring 'em on.

I think Nokia was, which is why I mentioned it, seeing as they are seemingly entwined now.

The app im most concerned about is the Microsoft Reader app. I would use it a lot more if I could have some nice custom bookshelves like iBooks and if it supported more file types. It's decent but I've heard they have a team devoted to improving it, I hope soon.

dead.cell said,
Man, I would just like the Reader app to work when I need it. I've had issues where it'd hang after attempting to open a PDF. :/

Ha! It is junk, and always has been.

VeganPowers said,
It's decent but I've heard they have a team devoted to improving it, I hope soon.
I think they do have plans given the new agreement with Barnes and Nobles.

Yes the Official Twitter app is bad, Its buggy and It hadn't been updated since Julyish? I call that abandonware

Thanks Brandon for Tweetium

ians18 said,
The Twitter app ain't bad.

It's pretty terrible... Giant waste of space (which looks *hilarious* on my 30" monitor), Share target has been broken for like a year, and it can't deal at all with connectivity coming and going. If you're offline and try to tweet something, or it hits an error from flakey café WiFi, it just pretends it went through! No error message, no feedback at all. Also, horrendously slow even on a Core i7. Have to refresh like 80 times to get to the top of Connect whenever I come back. No streaming and pull-to-refresh takes 3 tries to invoke. Can't paste images. Opening links is an exercise in frustration (always opens in stupid embedded browser that often hangs the app and can't see tweets at the same time). Only supports a single window and old 8.0 sizes. No embedded images or other media. Can't track last read positions. Using lists is an exercise in frustration. View randomly jumps around. When a DM fails to send (has a link, or is too long), it clears out everything you typed. When replying, you can't see the thread you're replying to because the giant new-tweet pane often covers the whole app and gives no context. Conversation view is terrible in every way.

Sorry, I'll stop my rant there. Can you tell I'm not a fan? =P

Make RT free so it can position itself price wise against the competition, get more rt devices out there with LTE on commissioned plans with carriers. The new update will help devices with less storage and memory, and the new api's for cross platform will definitely help (both wp and w8 (rt included)).

i personally like a lot of the apps available, some games to. I like the fact i can use them on my laptop and pc along with tablet (if paid its paid once).

the momentum needs an injection, and the latest upcoming wave of updates should do it i think.