We've seen a large amount of growth regarding the number of apps available to download from the Windows Store since late October. While Microsoft has yet to give any official app counts, other third party reports claim that there are now more than 25,000 apps in the store worldwide.
However, as you might expect, the number of apps that will be added to the Windows Store will be cut down temporarily, thanks to the upcoming holidays. In a new post on the official Windows Store blog, Microsoft said:
From December 22nd through January 1st, the Windows Store team will have fewer staff on-hand, as team members spend the holidays with their families. We’ll continue to review and certify your apps during this time—it will just take a little longer.
The blog added that app developers who want to have their Windows 8 and Windows RT apps published in the store before the holiday slow down period starts should get them submitted very soon. Also, app developers who want to publish any updates to their already released apps that could be considered "non-essential" should perhaps hold off until the majority of the Windows Store team gets back from the holidays.
Add it all up, and it looks like we will be getting a big final push of new Windows 8 apps between now and December 22, and then we can expect app launches to be much fewer until January 2, 2013.
Source: Windows Store blog | Image via Microsoft