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Windows and Windows Phone stores now have 560,000 apps

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Microsoft has just revealed the number apps available on Windows and Windows Phone stores.

The Redmond-based firm has updated its ‘by the numbers’ page to reveal that both stores now boast a combined total 560,000 apps.

This means the stores have gained 35,000 new apps since November 14th, when the total was a more meagre 525,000.

Flashback to June 27 and the stores tout a positively paltry 400,000 apps, revealing a 160,000 app growth in just six months.

Windows Phone is often berated for its lack of apps compared to iOS and Android, both of which can claim upwards of 1.3 million apps each on their respective stores.

It’s not just the number apps that Windows Phone is teased over too; it’s actually missing several core apps, not least Instagram and Snapchat, two of the most popular social apps in existence.

Users are instead forced to find alternative apps, which can sometimes pose a risk to device security – Microsoft wiped its stores clean of third-party Snapchat apps late last year for this very reason.

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So why is Windows Phone such a barren, tumbleweed-siring wasteland? We jest, of course, but there’s no denying that the lower app count come down to simple numbers – apps made for iOS and Android make more money.

This is largely due to the much bigger market share held by iOS and Android, but also because of demographics. iOS users have long been known to more susceptible to paying a premium for smartphone software, making Apple-approved apps a relative gold mine.

Still, this is great news for Microsoft and shows that devs are still keen to push out content on the platform, whether there’s a dearth of users or not.

Matt Geeson

January 13, 2015, 4:14 pm

Instagram has been available for quite sometime now on windows phone, if missing a few features.

jills4824

January 13, 2015, 6:26 pm

Exactly!

Sam

January 13, 2015, 8:53 pm

When your platform have over 3000 fart apps it isn't that hard to reach 1 million apps.
I swtiched from iOS and I do not miss any apps, dependence on apps in reviews are quite over rated.

MattMe

January 14, 2015, 10:33 am

I can't help but feel the reason platforms like Windows Phone don't do as well as they could is because of tech and review sites making them sound unusable.
I really wish I'd paid less attention to articles like this and gone Windows Phone rather than Android.

Joycey

January 14, 2015, 11:03 am

Evidently reported on by a non-Windows Phone user and Apple/Android fanboy....and the reason for this conclusion? Instagram! Hang your head in shame for showing such bias on a website of this nature.

Sam

January 14, 2015, 5:24 pm

it's time some of these journalist address the issue of a million plus zombie apps on iOS, sure ya have 1.3, but no one cares about one million of them.

MattMe

January 15, 2015, 9:38 am

I wonder if we're in a minority then.
I feel that there are key functions you want from certain apps, but my experience says that you don't necessarily want the same app on Android/Windows phone that you used on your iPhone because they're often vastly different when ported from one platform to another anyway.

Having said that I'm very surprised Microsoft hasn't paid for development of the bigger apps on it's phone platform.

MattMe

January 15, 2015, 9:40 am

It's a shame Sean isn't responding to any of the comments made below...

Jimbo

January 15, 2015, 5:14 pm

It's also likely an age/generational thing. Somebody in their late teens and Twenties, wants all the latest and greatest social networking and gaming apps, so iOS and Android would be their cup of tea.
Somebody older, who is out of the social networking loop, and who has little free time available since they're not in college or working their first entry level job out of college, would be fine with only a handful of core apps.

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