Windows Store tops 660 apps, 195 added in one week

The Windows Store will be a critical component of Windows 8 and Microsoft's future. Seeing as the app store is a new avenue for revenue for the company, it is in their best interest to help developers get their apps into the store to drive consumer adoption.

When Windows 8 hit RTM, the Windows Store had 470 applications, as of today, that count is up to 665 with 195 of those applications being added in a single week. While this number may not sound high, given that Windows 8 is not being sold on retail shelves, it is a start, albeit a slow one. 

For developers, it's a chicken and egg scenario. With the adoption rate of Windows 8 unknown, is it worth the money and time required to build a Windows 8 app if consumers do not purchase the OS? On the other hand, if consumers do adopt the OS quickly, not having an application developed could mean that you lose first-mover advantage and potentially miss out on significant revenue. 

Windows 8 will launch on October 26th and we expect that application count for the Windows Store will grow steadily up to that point. Seeing as developers likely want their application to be available from day one for consumers, expect to see an onslaught of applications hit the store right before launch as developers work to finish their projects before launch. 

Source: @McAkins

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[QUOTE]For developers, it's a chicken and egg scenario. With the adoption rate of Windows 8 unknown, is it worth the money and time required to build a Windows 8 app if consumers do not purchase the OS? [/QUOTE]
Developers just like this remark would be stupid in a big way.
Lets see:
How many PCs with Windows 7 are being sold worldwide daily?
Just one extract from IDC reports: "IDC expects 367 million PCs will ship into the market this year."

and the numbers of PCs will increase with the launch of Windows 8 in the upcoming Holiday Season.

Ricardo Dawkins said,

Developers just like this remark would be stupid in a big way.
Lets see:
How many PCs with Windows 7 are being sold worldwide daily?
Just one extract from IDC reports: "IDC expects 367 million PCs will ship into the market this year."

and the numbers of PCs will increase with the launch of Windows 8 in the upcoming Holiday Season.

Also you can convert the app over to Windows Phone 8 too along with Windows RT shipments.

Ricardo Dawkins said,

Developers just like this remark would be stupid in a big way.
Lets see:
How many PCs with Windows 7 are being sold worldwide daily?
Just one extract from IDC reports: "IDC expects 367 million PCs will ship into the market this year."

and the numbers of PCs will increase with the launch of Windows 8 in the upcoming Holiday Season.

Yeah, Windows 8 is guaranteed to have a huge userbase. There are a few vocal naysayers online but consumer opinion is going to be vastly better, especially when they play with their apps on their tablets.

I really hope that there will be a 'recently updated' sorting way in the future. I can't keep track of some of the apps that I don't want but can see potential.

alwaysonacoffebreak said,
telnet app for $1.99? Are you f*cking kidding me?

App stores make it easier to get nickel and dimed. When the mac store was introduced, a lot of the previous free utilities became paid. I hate having to associate my credit card with another account , and then worrying about backuping up licenses or what will happen if I reinstall.

alwaysonacoffebreak said,
telnet app for $1.99? Are you f*cking kidding me?

There's paid telnet and/or SSH software for OSX, iOS, Linux, Unix, WP7 and Android too. But since it's Windows, zomg.

ObiWanToby said,

App stores make it easier to get nickel and dimed. When the mac store was introduced, a lot of the previous free utilities became paid. I hate having to associate my credit card with another account , and then worrying about backuping up licenses or what will happen if I reinstall.

Wait... Microsoft is selling it? If not I doubt it'll sell what so ever. No "dumbuser" needs it and the ones who do need it know how to enable it by themselves.

Max I'm sorry but I couldn't care less about OSX and iOS, if you pay for an telnet client in Windows you shouldn't be touching telnet in the first place.

Edited by uMadRabbit, Aug 24 2012, 2:01pm :

Max Norris said,

There's paid telnet and/or SSH software for OSX, iOS, Linux, Unix, WP7 and Android too. But since it's Windows, zomg.

Cuz everyone knows about those, obviously. It also doesn't make it any less ridiculous.

KSib said,
Cuz everyone knows about those, obviously. It also doesn't make it any less ridiculous.

alwaysonacoffebreak said,
Max I'm sorry but I couldn't care less about OSX and iOS, if you pay for an telnet client in Windows you shouldn't be touching telnet in the first place.

Ah, so it's essentially just whining because it's on Windows and totally legitimate elsewhere, that sounds reasonable. /s

And no, I don't use a paid client, I use one of the many free terminal clients out there. Even occasionally the one that comes with Windows in the first place.

Max Norris said,

Ah, so it's essentially just whining because it's on Windows and totally legitimate elsewhere, that sounds reasonable. /s

And no, I don't use a paid client, I use one of the many free terminal clients out there. Even occasionally the one that comes with Windows in the first place.


All the pushback regarding a telnet app makes me laugh. In many business environments the need for a customizable telnet emulator is necessary.

alwaysonacoffebreak said,
telnet app for $1.99? Are you f*cking kidding me?

you can still use putty, but i wouldn't mind if vandyke created securecrt for "modern ui" for 1.99

ObiWanToby said,

App stores make it easier to get nickel and dimed. When the mac store was introduced, a lot of the previous free utilities became paid. I hate having to associate my credit card with another account , and then worrying about backuping up licenses or what will happen if I reinstall.


Just make virtual Visa for that. So nothing to worry.

ObiWanToby said,

App stores make it easier to get nickel and dimed. When the mac store was introduced, a lot of the previous free utilities became paid. I hate having to associate my credit card with another account , and then worrying about backuping up licenses or what will happen if I reinstall.

You are saying that you prefer app stores right? Because an app store removes the "associating my CC with another account." It gives you one account that has all your purchase history.. And I don't think they've had any problems with CC-leaks yet. MS knows quite a bit about security as opposed to say Sony

Sounds like its off to a good start given it isnt even in the mass market yet. Although I think everyone these days is pretty clued in that quality not quantity is where its at.

As with all app stores, the vast majority of it is going to be utter crap, and from that screenshot it looks like it's mostly crap already.

Ambroos said,
As with all app stores, the vast majority of it is going to be utter crap, and from that screenshot it looks like it's mostly crap already.

All app stores are filled with app with duplicate functionalities such as weather app, alarm, reminder etc

Still waiting for official Facebook and Twitter app for Windows 8

Ambroos said,
As with all app stores, the vast majority of it is going to be utter crap, and from that screenshot it looks like it's mostly crap already.

Thankfully there's a rating system!

Ambroos said,
As with all app stores, the vast majority of it is going to be utter crap, and from that screenshot it looks like it's mostly crap already.

So...have you seen the Flashlight app?

Eins.MY said,

All app stores are filled with app with duplicate functionalities such as weather app, alarm, reminder etc

Still waiting for official Facebook and Twitter app for Windows 8

don't want for an Official Twitter app. Use MetroTwit!