Microsoft’s Windows Phone Marketplace has now reached 45,000 applications.
The Marketplace has grown by 5,000 applications in under a month. Microsoft previously reached 40,000 apps in mid-November. All About Windows Phone, who track Windows Phone apps, report that their own software indicates 45,610 items have been published to the Marketplace. 14,261 were added in the last 90 days and 5,837 were added in the last 30 days. The apps come from over 10,000 publishers. The site estimates that the Marketplace will reach the 50,000 app mark by early January 2012 or possibly by the end of 2011.
WP7applist, a rival tracking site, is currently reporting 43,428 applications worldwide and explains 5,784 of them are inactive, 55% are available for free and the average price is $1.77 per paid application. Microsoft’s Windows Phone Marketplace is growing at a steady rate. The Marketplace passed 15,000 apps in April just in time for its six month birthday and reached 35,000 apps in October to mark a year of Windows Phone. WP7applist says that 206 apps are updated on average each day. In the last 24 hours, 72 apps were updated and 104 were added.
Apple announced on Monday that its iOS App Store has more than 500,000 apps. Apple customers have downloaded more than 18 billion apps in total and download more than 1 billion per month. Apple’s app dominance highlights the careful work Microsoft is carrying out in order to maintain a Marketplace full of quality apps. The software maker has been approaching well known iOS and Android app makers to assist them with Windows Phone variants of their applications.
Windows Phone 7 launched on October 21 with 1,000 applications available in its first week on the market. A year later and the Marketplace is growing with 40,000 apps. Microsoft appears to be building up a good momentum amongst application developers. Microsoft recently finalized its Windows Phone 7.5 “Mango” update and has distributed it to 100% of existing eligble devices. Microsoft’s device partners have also started to release a number of new Windows Phone 7.5 devices for the holiday season, including the HTC Radar, HTC TITAN and Samsung Focus S.