In June 2012, Microsoft announced that the Windows Phone Store had reached the 100,000 app mark. This weekend, Microsoft casually mentioned in a new blog post that the number of apps in the store had now exceeded the 200,000 milestone.
The blog post added that the Windows Store for Windows 8 apps is now seeing 12 million app transactions per day; this includes in-app micro-transactions. This comes a few weeks after the company announced it saw 1.7 million daily app downloads from the Windows Store in October. Microsoft also hints that they will be doing more to help developers. The blog states, "In the new calendar year we’ll introduce creative new approaches to help you reach users in your app developing. Stay tuned."
Microsoft says that developers who are working on Windows 8 or Windows Phone 8 apps that they want to be published by Christmas, should submit them for approval by sometime today. Apps that are targeted for posting by New Year's Day should be submitted for publishing by Friday, December 20th. The blog also offers some helpful hints to developers to make their apps stand out, such as supporting the new wide Live Tile and updating the app at least once every 30 days.
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