There's More Apps for That: Windows Store Hits 35,000 Apps

Subject: General Tech, Mobile | December 29, 2012 - 05:38 PM |
Tagged: Windows Store

I think we all know my opinion on the Windows Store by now. I have been pretty vocal about the severe consequences inherent to requiring certification for applications to exist. Like it or not, it exists, and has recently reached a new milestone in terms of app count.

Paul Thurrott of Supersite for Windows collected a bit from information from various sources about status of the Windows Store. MetroStore Scanner reported that the store surpassed the 35,000 mark on December 27th with apps being added at an intense rate of a several hundred apps per day.

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The rapid inclusion of apps has been a trend throughout its life. The Next Web noted a fairly constant increase of 10000 apps per month. This meant that across the month of November, the Store more than doubled its catalog.

Just a couple of days earlier, Paul also reported that the Windows Store for Windows Phone passed 150,000 apps although it looks like a math error. The blog post claims Microsoft certified 75,000 apps which “more than doubled the catalog” which suggests that the catalog has some amount less than 150,000 apps.

But that is neither here nor there: the Windows Store is getting a bunch of SKUs.

December 29, 2012 | 09:16 PM - Posted by Gordon (not verified)

Keep them creating.

December 31, 2012 | 03:11 PM - Posted by Mr. Old School (not verified)

Has anyone here bought a single app from the W8 store?

I've downloaded some free games, but navigating the store is annoying. There's very little categorization within a section (such as "Games"), instead you have to scroll through a wall of tiles.

It was my single biggest concern with the Metro interface is how it would handle large numbers of apps without just being a super long wall of tiles, unfortunately, that's exactly how it turned out.

Not hating on it either, I use it on my HTPC and find it much better than Windows 7 in most regards.

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