Microsoft Windows Store Crosses 50,000 Apps Milestone

Microsoft Windows Store Crosses 50,000 Apps Milestone

A software platform is only as good as its apps, and towards that end, Microsoft's Windows Store now boasts over 50,000 of them. There are 50,341 at the time of this writing, according to MetroStore Scanner, a site that makes Windows Store apps easily searchable from the Web.

The number of apps is steadily rising, having more than doubled since the end of November, and increasing from a little more than 44,000 apps a month ago. As we head into summer, the pace of new apps to hit the Windows Store might accelerate even further. How so?

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Microsoft recently announced a "Keep the Cash" campaign that, as of March 8th, started paying developers $100 for each app they develop for Windows 8 or Windows Phone 8. The incentive program pays virtual Visa card credit for up to 10 qualifying apps per store, which means a developer can earn up to $2,000 just by focusing his or her attention on Windows. It runs until June 30, 2013.

While this will lure developers on the software side, the other half of the equation is hardware. Last month, Microsoft teamed up with Best Buy to give consumers $100 off any touchscreen Windows 8 PC, and it wouldn't surprise us if more promotions emerged as we head into summertime.
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50k? Jeebus, I didn't realize things were so dire. Even in my worst estimates, I would have guessed they had 10x that number of apps.  I mean, people with working apps int eh Android and Apple stores could probably port pretty easy... but they obviously haven't.

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In 5 months, you expected 500K apps? We all know you hate MS, but lets not go overboard. Windows Phone Apps and Windows Apps are two different things.

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Yes they have a lot of catching up to do, yes they have a lot of the "important" apps, yes it is very noticeable that there are more apps on there now then a few months ago. And yes as Maroc C stated Windows Phone apps and Windows Apps are different. I think they are at about 120k with windows phone apps.

LOL 3vi1..... such a troll :P

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