Windows Phone 7 Marketplace hits 30,000 applications

By Tom Warren, on 27th Aug 11 11:28 pm with 60 Comments

Windows Phone 7 Marketplace hits 30K

Microsoft’s Windows Phone Marketplace has now reached 30,000 applications.

The software giant’s Marketplace of mobile apps is on fire. Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 Marketplace has taken nearly 10 months to reach 30,000 apps since launch. Apple’s iPhone App Store took just over 8 months and Google’s Android store took 17 months to reach the same amount. Microsoft’s developer momentum is treading well as it approaches a year of Windows Phone 7 in the market.

Marketplace trackers windowsphoneapplist.com is currently tracking 30,004 apps in the Marketplace. WP7applist is tracking 29,46 5applications worldwide and explains 4,518 of them are inactive, 51% are available for free and the average price is $1.59 per paid application. Microsoft’s Windows Phone Marketplace is growing at an impressive rate. The Marketplace passed 15,000 apps in April just in time for its six month birthday. WP7applist says that 187 apps are updated on average each day. In the last 24 hours, 67 apps were updated and 59 were added.

Windows Phone 7 launched on October 26 with 1,000 applications available. Nearly a year on and the Marketplace is strong at 30,000 apps. Microsoft appears to be building up a good momentum amongst application developers. Microsoft recently finalized its Windows Phone 7.5 “Mango” update. The company is planning to unveil a number of new devices from its partners on September 1. HTC and Samsung are expected to show off their Windows Phone 7.5 offerings. Microsoft has yet to confirm when existing devices will receive the Mango update. The company will be keen to avoid similar delays with its first platform update, “NoDo”.

Microsoft’s new Nokia partnership is a great opportunity for new and existing developers as more and more consumers take advantage of Windows Phone. Nokia said recently that it plans to ship Windows Phone branded devices to developers when they are available later this year. Nokia’s first Windows Phone, codenamed “Sea Ray” was leaked to the internet last month after Elop demonstrated the device at an internal company meeting. The device is expected to be available later this year. The design of the device appears to be identical to the recently announced Nokia N9, powered by MeeGo. The device is “super confidential” at this stage and features gorilla glass, pillow shaped backing and a carl ziess 8MP camera. The secret nature of the device hasn’t stopped it leaking however. A new video emerged last month of ‘Sea Ray’ booting up into Windows Phone 7.5. The video demo provides a good hands on for the new device. The product is Nokia’s first Windows Phone device and will be available later this year when the company releases a batch of Windows Phone 7.5 “Mango” devices.

  • http://www.facebook.com/noe.brito Noe Brito

    Nice!

  • http://www.facebook.com/noe.brito Noe Brito

    Nice!

  • http://www.searingarrow.com AlienSix

    In before the haters wanna talk about how its STILL not enough

    Look all that matters are the major apps and 1st party titles, if you cant find the apps you need in 30k then you have a personal problem

    • http://www.facebook.com/matthewjohnston4 Matthew Johnston

      Yeah, my sentiments pretty much. I’ve been able to find pretty much everything I need, the only thing I’m missing right now is Spotify, but I know that’s probably waiting on Mango before it comes out. Other than that and possibly some sat-nav apps (although, I rarely need those), I haven’t really noticed any glaring omissions.

    • Guest

      30,000! that is one for each WP7 owner! :)

    • Anonymous

      go back to your cave.

    • Guest

      Original. I’ve only see that a dozen times already on other sites. Which no doubt is where a clueless copier like you got it.

  • Anonymous

    30,000 apps. Are there any killer business apps?

    • http://www.gadgeterija.net Denis Jelec

      You have them integrated. It is called Office. :P
      JJ, what do you think specifically? 

    • Anonymous

      Well, I’m not really sure. Business apps for the phone are a different problem from desktop. I’m not sure what would fit, but for WP7 to take off, it needs to have some killer must have app. Preferably a business app.

      Thinking of how I use my phone, the built in apps cover a lot. Evernote is the only third party app I think is indispensable. And that should be on WP7.

      I just wonder what killer apps will show for WP7.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=611639321 Carlos Ribeiro Da Fonseca

      You mean, like OneNote, part of the above mentioned Office?

    • http://www.facebook.com/matthewjohnston4 Matthew Johnston

      Evernote is on WP7, by the way

    • Major Plonquer

      Evernote is essentially a OneNote clone.  Both are great though.  OneNote could easily become the best app for a mobile phone or a tablet – but it works best with a stylus for handwriting.  But Steve Jobs says this is uncool.  He should know.

    • http://twitter.com/PeterKremzar Peter Kremzar

      Steve Jobs said many bolshies and this one about stylus is surely one of them. The other one I have in my mind is that you don’t need a Task Manager. Yeah right. What do you do when your Safari freezes all of the time?

      He mentioned this just to present his ideas as innovative and the undermine competition.

      My opinion is that the combination of both – stylus and touch – would be the best. I really don’t like the touch in all of the cases. One of the drawbacks is the fact that I need to clean my screen all of the times. But there are also other drawbacks.

    • http://twitter.com/PeterKremzar Peter Kremzar

      Steve Jobs said many bolshies and this one about stylus is surely one of them. The other one I have in my mind is that you don’t need a Task Manager. Yeah right. What do you do when your Safari freezes all of the time?

      He mentioned this just to present his ideas as innovative and the undermine competition.

      My opinion is that the combination of both – stylus and touch – would be the best. I really don’t like the touch in all of the cases. One of the drawbacks is the fact that I need to clean my screen all of the times. But there are also other drawbacks.

    • Anonymous

      Can you name a single successful, mainly stylus input device from the last 20 years? 

      The iPhone it was the first mass market multi-touch phone. How is it not innovative? Isn’t that the very definition of innovation? Introducing new technology to the masses.

      You can buy styluses for touch devices. Penultimate, a popular iOS app pretty much requires one. 
      I find it hard to believe he would say that a task manager was not necessary. Macs have a task manager. So do iOS devices.

    • http://www.facebook.com/raj.somarouthu Raj Somarouthu

      Sorry but Multi touch is not an innovation from apple. It has been there for almost a decade before iPhone came along and implemented it beautifully. The only thing that was not there before iPhone came along is multitouch on phones. It was implemented first in an iPhone at that screen size. The use case for multi touch on a phone did not get much traction from MS due to most of their apps use mouse and stylus interactions. 

      Yeah I noticed the other day that the Police in UK use some sort of stylus input device running on some version of windows mobile. Even all the courier delivery guys use some sort of handheld stylus input device that takes your signature as a confirmation of receipt of goods. These are just two examples.

    • Anonymous

      You haven’t answered my questions.

      I didn’t ask if mutli-touch was an Apple innovation. I asked for an example of a successful stylus input product in the last 20 years.

      You could have at least said Palm Pilot…

      The fact that MS doesn’t get much traction from multi-touch is their fault. They have been working on multi-touch systems since at least 2001, when XP was released.

      Niche/vertical market examples of stylus input have been around for 20 years or so, but none is a mainstream product. To me that means limited market. Sure, you could call that success, but I was referring to easily adoptable, wider market product successes. Smart phones, PDAs, tablets, slates, whatever. Devices that could be easily deployed for daily multi-purpose use in an organization.

      The iPhone/iPod Touch has replace the prior credit card terminal used at Apple stores. For up to a year after the iPhone was released, Apple used Windows Mobile devices for those transactions. And, they included a styluses for signature. Cost per unit was probably much higher than the $229 for each iPod Touch. Maybe not, I don’t know, but it’s good business practice to use your own products anyway.

      That’s an example of an easily deployed multi-purpose device. It replaced a niche, single use product. And that’s what I consider a successful product. Easily deployable, yet multi/general purpose..

      Anyway, you haven’t answered the questions I put forth.

    • Anonymous

      Let me answer your questions. First stop asking stupid questions in an unrelated article. Second, Apple owns the app store and affords to use square apps in their store or whatnot. Other stores must pay apple a cut for financial operations via the appstore and ‘clunky’ win mobile is actually dead dumb simple to use for these optimized kiosk type scenarios, in the same time being free from ties with various 3rd parties. And 3rd, at least you use a name and not stalk around in ‘guest’ form around here.
      In my opinion Apple is the coolest hippest design company there is, hope your happy about my admission.

    • Anonymous

      How about you try reading the entire thread so you understand where the question came from. Tell me why it’s stupid to ask questions which are directly related to a conversion I’m having?

      Second, I made no comments regarding the App Store, so I’m not sure of the relevance to this conversation.

      Third, I post under the name GDal, and every time I look at the page, it shows GDal. I have no idea why it’s showing as Guest to you. I have no idea how to fix that. Do you?

      Fourth. Is it necessary to post unhelpful, insulting comments?

    • Anonymous

      How about you try reading the entire thread so you understand where the question came from. Tell me why it’s stupid to ask questions which are directly related to a conversion I’m having?

      Second, I made no comments regarding the App Store, so I’m not sure of the relevance to this conversation.

      Third, I post under the name GDal, and every time I look at the page, it shows GDal. I have no idea why it’s showing as Guest to you. I have no idea how to fix that. Do you?

      Fourth. Is it necessary to post unhelpful, insulting comments?

    • Guest

      “The only thing that was not there before iPhone came along is multitouch on phones”

      There had already been a touch phone much earlier and LG had presented their multitouch Prada concept back in September 2006.

    • Mark

      Synaptics also had a multitouch concept back in 20006 that was making the rounds. But Apple was first to get a multitouch one to market.

      People talk about Apple like they’re always on the leading edge or invent things out of thin air. In reality they’ve mostly entered markets late, or in the case of tablets reentered them late, and done a fantastic job of assembling existing technologies in an innovative way that sells well. Not that they haven’t invented some things themselves, but much of it is derivative – like most “innovation”. The only interesting thing about Apple is the gap between perception and reality. I have literally seen people argue that Apple invented the portable music player, the touch mobile phone, the tablet, etc.

    • Anonymous

      Only a jackass would argue that Apple invented many of the things they market. And there are a lot of jackasses out there.

    • Anonymous

      Those devices are extreme niches. Always have and always will be. Tablets come to mind, convertibles to be exact. Those have sold, in relatively few units, but they have survived and have sold. Yes multitouch to the masses is an Apple innovation. Hope you are happy about your iphone.

    • Anonymous

      Those devices are extreme niches. Always have and always will be. Tablets come to mind, convertibles to be exact. Those have sold, in relatively few units, but they have survived and have sold. Yes multitouch to the masses is an Apple innovation. Hope you are happy about your iphone.

    • Anonymous

      I saw a guy trying to take note with his fingers. It was pathetic. You really need a stylus for writing and drawing. Your finers are just too thick.

    • Anonymous

      So, Evernote isn’t a OneNote clone then. Stylus input isn’t available.

    • Anonymous

      You can pair it with the livescribe pen though, at least something :- )

    • Anonymous

      You can pair it with the livescribe pen though, at least something :- )

    • Guest

      He didn’t say it was a perfect clone. He said is was *essentially* one.

    • Anonymous

      :-)

    • http://twitter.com/PeterKremzar Peter Kremzar

      Can you guys tell me how many of you use Evernote?

      I actually use both now. I think both of them have some good features that are missing at the other application. What I don’t like is the Evernote for WP7 but I like Evernote as a complete solution – including the desktop application.

      I like that I can save complete documents or web pages into the Evernote. You can do the same with OneNote, but OneNote can’t show the HTML pages as good as Evernote. Onother good feature is that I can send documents to my Evernote email and it comes directly into my Evernote. I can do the same with some of my favorite Twits. This is good because sometimes I’m in real hurry and I don’t have time to open OneNote and write something.

    • http://www.gadgeterija.net Denis Jelec

      I do use evernote, but I am attracted towards OneNote more and more. Integration is simply fantastic. But then, there’s html issue you mention…

    • http://www.gadgeterija.net Denis Jelec

      I do use evernote, but I am attracted towards OneNote more and more. Integration is simply fantastic. But then, there’s html issue you mention…

    • Anonymous

      Lol at business apps, or at least your definition of them. For the time being business = blackberry terminal and ‘business’ apps are just quirks that only non-bb users claim to not be able to live without. Every really,really important ‘business’ app is already on all platforms and if not it will be there eventually.

    • Anonymous

      I didn’t define what a business app was. In a separate paragraph, I stated that I use Evernote, yes, but I never stated it was specifically a business app.

    • Anonymous

      [clip..] Evernote (my most used), 1Password, some social apps, iBooks, Kindle, TeamViewer, Dropbox are about the only apps I use…
      Some of these are business related (Evernote, Team Viewer, Dropbox), but as Major Plonquer rightly states, there are only about 10 apps used by 43% of people, and 100 apps make up 99% of used apps.

      What are the top ten for WP7 going to be?

    • http://www.gadgeterija.net Denis Jelec

      You still have Evernote, Kindle and Dropbox for WP7. Social integration is all WP7 is actually about. Basically, “only” 4sqr is not integrated, but they have a fantastic app for such purpose. 

      TeamViewer is still not there, but there are other remote desktop apps available.

    • http://www.searingarrow.com AlienSix

      I wish foursquare was integrated in to the OS

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Viki-Maverick/100002523433166 Viki Maverick

    We should see app development gain more traction now that WebOS developers are also on board. WP7 rocks.

  • Dr Yry Lavey

    There isn’t an app that supports Gmail Chat which I need so I don’t think it’s a personal problem.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=611639321 Carlos Ribeiro Da Fonseca

      I’m pretty sure that IM+ supports Google Chat. And WLM Chat (apparently they removed this one in the last update). And Facebook chat. And Skype chat.

      Its a bit slow on my Omnia 7 so for WLM I usually go with Messenger by Miyowa.

    • Dr Yry Lavey

      Thank you. I wasn’t aware of that app.

  • Fabio

    Way to go Microsoft!!!

  • blackletter

    I’m still waiting patiently for the Pandora Radio application. Please Pandora release the app soon!!!

    • Anonymous

      A friend of mine says that he would ditch his iPhone 4 if WP7 had Pandora. It is his must-have app. Pandora was advertised as a launch partner. I want to know what the heck happened.

      Tom, have you heard anything on a Pandora WP7 app?

  • Major Plonquer

    You don’t weigh software by the pound.  A recent study showed that 43% of ALL app usage on Android is shared between just 10 apps. The top 100 apps accounted for well over 99%.  SO it seems that while there are a million billion trillion apps out there, people really only want 10.

    • Anonymous

      Yup. I find that most of the apps I have on my iPhone are things I use once or twice, then I never use them again. I try them, don’t like them, delete them.

      Evernote (my most used), 1Password, some social apps, iBooks, Kindle, TeamViewer, Dropbox are about the only apps I use, besides games, and I use some so rarely I could do without them.

      Then again, my computer is about the same.

    • Guest

      I just wish they would quite talking about APP numbers and give us some real numbers on WP7 sales this whole number of apps issue is just  a red herring to keep us thinking the OS is actuarially doing something.  

    • http://www.searingarrow.com AlienSix

      Ballmer came out and said that the sales has been “very small” Cant you extrapolate from that, that the OS hasn’t been doing that well as compared to other mobile OS’;s

    • Guest

      Yes another cagy way of stating actual sales numbers.  We should not have to extrapolate he should be upfront and honest.  Maybe to much to expect from someone more concern about his paycheck then the company.  

    • Guest

      I’m not a Ballmer supporter, but to say he cares more about a paycheck that the company is bs. First, his salary is quite modest and he makes more every year off his dividends. Second, he has lost $10B’s personally over the last decade. You can rightly criticize him for many mistakes and failures, but personal greed isn’t one of them.

    • Guest

      What’s the payoff in releasing actual numbers when they’re weak? There isn’t. Everyone knows they haven’t been good so far, but quantifying that more specifically can only hurt the platform’s momentum. You didn’t see Google releasing numbers in the early days of Android either.

    • V-patsm

      Interested in reading the study you’re refering to…do you happen to have the source or link?

  • Guest

    Now if only Microsuxx could sell 30,000 Windoze Phones! LO! Save yourself the trouble and buy an iPhone!

    • Anonymous

      Used the iPhone.  WP is much more pleasing.

    • Anonymous

      Im sure they have sold more than that ;). if you knew about the device, and you have used it, you would know what it is about…. instead of coming here and writing idiot coments.

  • Anonymous

    TOM TOM..please create an option for us to browse comments from “ Newest to Oldest” or “Most popular”, etc (users friendly), instead of having us clicking on Next.

  • Shiro

    30,000 apps. 1 milliion apps.  How many of them are any good?