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Windows Phone app numbers double to 300,000 in one year

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The number of available Windows Phone apps has almost doubled since this time last year.

There are now 300,000 apps available on the Windows Phone Store, according to Microsoft.

Microsoft told TNW that this means "in the past year alone the Windows and Windows Phone app catalog has grown 94%." Given that the previous recorded figures we have sit at 100,000 apps for June 2012 and 200,000 for December 2013, it seems as if the company is right.

A lack of apps continues to be the stick with which Windows Phone 8 is beaten, especially when stacked up against the big two. Both iOS and Android have in excess of one million apps available for them.

There's more reason for optimism on the Windows Phone app front. Microsoft claims that the number of developers has grown 50 percent over the last year.

This means that there's been a fresh injection of app-making talent, meaning that the first figure isn't just a case of the same old developers churning out more apps.

Given that Windows Phone's big problem is as much about app range and quality as sheer numbers, that's just as important a figure.

The last 12 months has seen the arrival of major apps such as Instagram and Vine on the Windows Phone Store. Of course, it still lacks such fundamental giants as YouTube and Snapchat, while Google and its vast library of top apps continues to steer clear of the platform (aside from a basic search app).

Let's see what Microsoft can do on the app front over the next 12 months.

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Via: Engadget

Sandeman21

August 12, 2014, 3:30 am

Google is sabotaging their most feared competitor. The day they make YouTube etc. apps (there is no vast library of apps from google btw. Microsoft has more apps) for WP will be the day they admitted defeat. They don't even let Microsoft make one.

However there are independent developers who have done better apps than the official on iOS and android.As for snapchat, well all other major communication apps are there.

Finally, it is the media that uses that stick to beat WP, not the users who register among the most satisfied tech customers.

Danmansonman

August 12, 2014, 10:02 am

I love the experience on Windows Phone 8.1 (Lumia 920). Having less apps does not make the phone less functional. I don't care about all the games and gadgets. I use it heavily for browsing, email, YouTube, photo's, TeamViewer, appointments, voice assistant (cortana), wifi tethering. It covers all those main bases even with less apps. The 3rd party equivalent apps are often very good also. Continued support of Windows Phone will mean more apps and more features. I prefer windows phone over the others also for the fact that you can plug into usb and simply drag drop pictures, documents, music, downloads etc straight into their appropriate folders on the phone, without all the other junk folders like in android, and without restriction as to what files you can or cannot put on like apple. No iTunes, no other 'software' to run the phone on the pc etc.

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