How many Apps does the Windows Store have?
Over 80,000 and it’s growing fast.
The Windows Store has been burgeoning with apps since its inception. In fact, about three weeks ago the Windows Store had about 70,000 apps; this means it acquired 10,000 new apps in just 21 days.
10,000 apps in three weeks attests to both an amazing velocity and volume.
But how does this compare to the top players such as Google Play and the Apple Store?
During the Google I/O conference on May 15th 2013, Sundar Pichai, the Senior VP of Android, Chrome & apps announced that Google Play has over 900,000 apps. And when we include the 48 billion store downloads Google has under its belt, you can see that Google Play is a formidable force to contend with.
Conversely, in an official press release earlier this year, Apple stated that the App store had 775,000 Apps. This is about 125,000 Apps less than Google but Apple has about 2 billion more downloads. So more people are downloading Apple apps but Google Play has a wider selection.
During this Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), Apple boasted about having 50 billion iOS downloads. This figure puts them in the lead for app downloads but Google Play has been appreciating at a faster rate.
And then we have Windows; trailing behind its competitors with a paltry 80,000 Apps.
Steve Guggenheimer, Chief Evangelist for Windows, posted an article about the new apps that came to Windows 8. Here are some apps worth mentioning:
- Timeout New York, let’s you find things to do in the city,
- VEVO App sends you over 75,000 music videos from over 21,000 artists
- Great British Chefs gives you access to over 300 hi-definition photographed recipes from 28 of the UK’s best chefs.
Yet, I still think there is a paucity of the stuff people really want. For example, where are the Facebook, Pandora, and LinkedIn Windows 8 Apps? What about a better video player app? Fortunately VLC Media Player is a great (possibly the best) free video player for Windows 8 but Microsoft isn’t listening to what people really want.
The Bottom Line
The Windows Store is clearly behind the rush to have the most apps. Google Play has over 900,000 Apps, the Apple app store has 775,000 Apps. Microsoft is in last place with less than 100,000 apps; however, new apps are being added daily and in the next year or two the app landscapes may look dramatically different. We’ll just have to wait and see.
Update! (03/29/13) According to stat geeks at MetroStore scanner, the Windows Store now has over 150,000 apps… so it’s still growing but the pace has slowed a bit.