Windows Phone Marketplace reaches 50,000 apps

By Tom Warren, on 27th Dec 11 5:11 pm with 81 Comments

Windows Phone Marketplace

Microsoft’s Windows Phone Marketplace has now reached 50,000 applications.

The Marketplace has grown by 10,000 applications in just over a month. Microsoft previously reached 40,000 apps in mid-November and jumped up to 45,000 apps earlier this monthAll About Windows Phone, who track Windows Phone apps, report that their own software indicates 50,126 items have been published to the Marketplace. 17,276 were added in the last 90 days and 8,010 were added in the last 30 days. The apps come from over 13,000 publishers. Microsoft was on track to reach 50,000 apps by the end of January but appears to have passed the mark a lot earlier than expected. The Marketplace growth has accelerated throughout November and December.

WP7applist, a rival tracking site, is currently reporting 47,325 applications worldwide and explains 5,994 of them are inactive, 57% are available for free and the average price is $1.66 per paid application, a figure that has been dropping each month. 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 213 apps are updated on average each day. In the last 24 hours, 26 apps were updated and 73 were added.

Windows Phone 7 launched on October 21 with 1,000 applications available in its first week on the market. 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, including the HTC RadarHTC TITAN and Samsung Focus S.

  • Anonymous

    finally a new post.. tom’s back!!…. for now..

  • Anonymous

    nice. faster than android which took 19 months!!!! to do the same. says a lot about MSFT best dev tools and languages.

    • Anonymous

      Quality not quantity remember? There are tons of businses/medical/music apps that are on iOS and not on WP7.

    • Anonymous

      not sure what point you’re making. iOS has tons more junk, so I agree :)

    • Anonymous

      I’ve heard that trope before. If you filter out all the fart/junk apps you probably have 50K super quality apps on iOS. If you do the same on Android, maybe 20K. On WP7, maybe 200?

    • Guest

      Funny you just said what Apple fanboys use to say about PC software VS Apple software… boy has the world change!

    • Anonymous

      ArrowSmith, you’re trolling idiot. Crawl your ass back to the Apple sites you stupid twat.

    • Anonymous

      well, when you do that filter, show us how many fart apps etc. are in percentage of the number of apps in each store.  When I go through the app store in iOS, i have a very hard time finding an app that’s looks credible. there may be 50k good apps, but I can’t find them do to the inundation of crappy ones and knock offs of angry birds and tiny wings and fruit ninja. And i really doubt the 200 figure you’re coming up with.

    • Anonymous

      Just another iSheep. Move along…

    • Anonymous

      It’s been twenty months since windows phone was released?

    • Anonymous

      Time to reach 50K apps:

      WP: 14 months
      Android: 19 months.

    • Anonymous

      yes, you are correct.  Kinda blanked out for a second and thought a year was 18 months…maybe i’ve spent a little too much time on the internet for today.  Haha sorry about that.

  • Anonymous

    I honestly think that what Tom is doing to the website is a mistake and a shame.

    I understand he has a new gig. But this is a great site and it took so long to build up the site’s readership. I thought this was his baby. Now daddy has to go work. So hire a baby sitter Tom. Give the site to a buddy. 

    Hell give me room and board and I’ll move to London (theoretically speaking of course).

    • Anonymous

      Nobody saids that the website wont get new people. Stop whining like a spoiled child.

    • Anonymous

      Whatever dude. Just because somebody has an opinion/idea that doesn’t jive well with you they are automatically whining like a spoiled child. Grow up.

      Tom himself said content would be reduced for the time being. The site’s hasn’t had a post since the 21st that’s a whole week. Coupled with noticeably reduced content since the Verge announcement. I don’t think it’s far fetched to think the site will struggle.

    • Gareth Bradley

      Dont be so rude. 

    • Anonymous

      The “new gig” isn’t even any good. I mean “the Verge”, what does that even mean, some random tech blog like Engadget? We really needed another, how many tech blogs are there now, 10 million and one? If you were going to a real tech site like Anandtech or something I would have resptected that decision more.

      Just dump your spot at The verge and focus on a site people actually visit, like idk..Winrumors.

  • http://techin5.com Jubbin Grewal @Techin5.com

    Keep it coming Microsoft, and let’s work to reducing the price of Xbox Live Games Next!

    • Guest

      http://www.everythingwm.com/forum/threads/why-was-i-cheap-on-android-and-a-baller-on-wp.38316/ 
      The answer to the question on that site is people don’t buy rubbish.

      You don’t lower the price, you make the product better so you make it worth it (by lowering the cost of learning or time it takes to achieve goals). Otherwise if you’re giving it away “free” it can an unnatural vicious cycle economically where tradeoffs are made such as giving you rubbish, taking away your rights etc.

    • http://techin5.com Jubbin Grewal @Techin5.com

      Thanks for the reply, and while I can appreciate where you are coming from and I agree with your statements above, you must also understand two points.

      1 – People outside of the USA (there’s a lot of wp7 users outside) pay considerably more than their USA counterparts. I have one wp7 on an Aussie account, the other on a USA account. Certain games with cost $2.99 in USA, can sometimes costs Aussies nearly $2 more. Maybe $1.50 more. It doesn’t make sense, especially with the AUD stronger than the USD. I’m sure the prices are even higher for some other regions (maybe, can’t tell for sure). By lowering costs you make people more willing to pay (even though I am willing to pay, I cringe at having to pay $15 worth of apps in a month, and closer to $25 if on the Aus phone).

      2. There aren’t many WP7 exclusive games. A lot, such as Angry Birds, Plants vs. Zombies have been on other platforms before. Have a look at the costs differences. $0.99 for Angry Birds on the iPhone, Free (with Ads) on Android. $2.99 on wp7. It brings nothing new over those (in fact it’s like 2 series behind) and it costs $2 more. For only the Xbox Live points. In my opinion $1 more seems more fair. And while each Xbox Live game is excellent on wp7, it most certainly doesn’t have any advantages in game wise apart from the Xbox points. Improve that, people will pay. Improve nothing? Then don’t charge so much.

    • Guest

      I like your insightful comment. :) +1. I actually agree with everything you say. My comment was more general and I assumed you were talking more generally as well. About Angry Birds on Android, you are paying in other ways continuously which eventually will cost more than the paid Angry Birds on iPhone and even on WP7 after a long while.

  • http://profiles.google.com/mi1stormilst Garrett Graham

    50,000 apps and still no Pandora, MOG, Barnes & Noble or DSLR tethering tools. The reality is I would get a WP7 now if they had some of the more useful apps I can get on Android. Dammit MS it is time to prioritize your apps. It will be nice when you have 10-15 useful apps on WP7 that no one else has, but right now I just see a lot of second rate garbage and many essentials missing.

    • Windows Fan

      Pandora uses HTLM5 so you can listen through the web browser.

    • Anonymous

      Can you pin the HTML5 Pandora page to the Home screen?

    • Guest

      Why not?

    • Anonymous

      ANY page.

    • adam

      yes

    • Adrian

      You can use a app called radiocontrolled for pandora

    • Anonymous

      As an app developer, I wish I had a list of all the apps that people want. Maybe we should start a list somewhere.

    • Anonymous
    • Guest

      OmniFocus, Instapaper-like apps

      I don’t have a WP though.

    • Anonymous

      Windows Phone has Livescape, which is exclusive to the platform. I cannot say enough good things about this app. It’s very useful and extremely well designed. I really hope to see more apps like this on Windows Phone.

    • Guest

      MS subsizes LastFM AKA it’s free.

    • Anonymous

      MSFT doesn’t prioritize apps. it is up to devs. I find the selection ok for a 14month old platform. no doubt once it has been around as long as android/iOS has, you’ll find all that niche stuff.

    • Guest

      Unless I find some useful apps like (
      http://dslrcontroller.com/ ), I don’t want to move to WP. Apart from the bragging rights that I use a phone which none of my friends have, what’s the major advantage of using W-phones? 
      The Lumia 800 costs exactly same as SGS2 (non-contract). Even if I want to get a W-phone, why should I get it for such a high price? Yes, I know WP is smooth and a refreshing new style. Good, but that’s just not good enough to justify the price tag of SGS2. Maybe if the price was 20% lower, I would have given it a thought. But at this stage, I am not too excited. 

      IMHO, reduce the price and get some useful/unique apps. 

  • http://twitter.com/juanda95 David Sánchez

    This is far the best OS for smartphones.

  • http://www.geekchoice.com Dagmar Schneitz

    To grow that fast in apps in a month is Mind boggling! I’ve always preferred a Windows phone over a Droid anyway.

  • macsheep

    Too bad Google is fucking over Lazyworm. Metrotube as of the 1st of January 2012, this app will no longer be available on the Windows Phone Marketplace.

    http://www.lazywormapps.com/letterToCustomers.pdf

  • Alique Williams

    Was just about to delete this site from my favorites until I seen a new post.

    • http://www.winrumors.com Tom W

      I hope you have http://www.theverge.com/microsoft bookmarked :)

    • Guest

      The top story on that site, ironically, is about the fall guy for all of the Windows Phone failures – Andy Lees.

    • Anonymous

      And the new top story is the visit of The Verge at MS labs. And lets be honest, they have some professionals working there.

    • Anonymous

      Thanks Tom! This is a great website.  I will always visit your web site first. I love the discussions.

  • Anonymous

    Still no Skype. Truly WTF.

    • Anonymous

      agreed

    • Seth_p

      Don’t think it’s a “wtf” moment – the aquisition took some time just to be legal, then merging the big heads over in a new division at Redmond. I doubt Microsoft/Skype has the intention of ‘just’ slapping the same app that’s available to everybody else via iOS or Android.

      They now have the opportunity to make it completely integrated under WP Accounts upon the next update. Plus it’d give for good marketing at the next release cycle and enough time for testing.

    • Anonymous

      Only tech readers are impatient on the Skype integration because they follow the tech news sites and know about the deal. The average mobile phone user doesn’t and so when Skype integration hits it will be considered a surprise and awesome.

    • Seth_p

      Exactly

    • http://techin5.com Jubbin Grewal @Techin5.com

      Not quite true. Before moving to her first wp7, my friend asked if had Skype. The answe as you know was a big fat ‘No not yet’ and she still went with wp7 only for it’s awesome Metro look and Lumia 800 design. Apps like these are important to people, even if it’s not the biggest deal breaker in the world.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3OIDXOI5OEMTX6Z3O5YUBFSISA Diego3336

      So why not just release a Skype “app” until we get the integrated one? A simple app is better than nothing, specially considering that we receive one major OS update a year and the last one was a few months ago.

    • Seth_p

      Waste of company time and resources to be frank – why develop something then a few months later kill it off. That also confuses normal consumers that don’t follow up. There are other apps like Tango that allow for video conferencing, people can use that in the meantime if it’s a dire need.

    • JD De Jesus

      I totally agree.

    • Anonymous

      I think they are going to run into a lot of opposition from carriers if they try to integrate Skype into the OS, it probably wont happen for a long time.

  • Anonymous

    Awesome! I’m glad the ecosystem is growing! It does make me nervous, though. I need to get all my apps done and submitted soon!

  • Anonymous

    People stop bitching and whining. It’s Christmas, so give Tom some space will ya. And yeah, The Verge will be his next stop. WinRumors wont be frequently updates. Accept that fact.

    • Anonymous

      but he could give control of the site to someone.  I love this site, I adore having a really good, frequently update, well designed, microsoft exclusive blog.  I’d rather have someone else take the reins than lose it entirely.  I love what Tom’s done, really, I do, he’s been great on this site but if he’s going to the verge, i’d still like to be able to visit winrumors.

  • Anonymous

    Anyone heard anything about MS releasing the Silverlight SDK for XBox app development? There have been lots of rumors about this but so far nothing has panned out.

  • עידו אלמקייס

    WOW Less than a month uploaded 10,000 applications

  • Gregg Wood

    I wonder what will happen to those 50,000 + apps (written in Silverlight and/or XNA) if Microsoft adopts Win8 Metro as the phone OS?

    • Anonymous

      You just maintain 2 separate game engines with reusable asset libraries.

    • Gregg Wood

      And for the SL phone apps?

    • Anonymous

      Same principle, I’m sure there are common libraries between the Windows 8 and SL versions. But the front end will have to be different code-base. Really I don’t see what the issue here is. So many developers maintain completely separate code bases for iOS/Android!

    • Seth_p

      They can move Silverlight component aside, everything will run under the CLR anyway. Just like WinRT – this is a protocol with native API’s being exposed for Metro apps. Then there is .NET for the ‘legacy’ apps. The CLR will determine how the process gets managed. It’s not as if they haven’t done it before – plus it gives them time to phase SL out.. if that is there plan at all. Is it a problem? Not really. Frustrating. Yeah, kind of. It’s part of life with anything.. heck, look at Android’s platform! That thing is just a flat out mess.

    • Gregg Wood

      At least as far as I’ve seen, XNA (Which is not a game engine) will not be available for Win8.

    • Anonymous

      But isn’t XNA part of .NET? I would think that there are common .NET libraries you could use in either a WinRT or XNA app?

    • Seth_p

      No, you can write an XNA game on Windows 8, but it can’t be a Metro app. You’re correct though, XNA is not a game engine :D

    • Anonymous

      I dont see the problem. Silverlight can be used to build apps in Win8?

    • Gregg Wood

      No, Silverlight apps will not run on Windows 8 Metro (What we’re likely to see on a tablet and maybe the phone). There is no Silverlight plug-in available. Granted, writing Metro apps with XAML is very SL-like, and with a small amount of effort an SL app can be ported to Metro.

  • Anonymous

    I keep hearing that 500K number for iPhone apps. But how many of those are low # of downloads and never patched? Does Apple ever remove neglected apps or do they keep them to inflate their app count?

  • Robin Ashe

    It also needs to be said that the iPhone had faster growth thanks to all the lite apps, which Windows Phone has integrated into paid apps as trials. Factor that in and the Windows Phone Marketplace is growing faster than any app store before it.

  • http://twitter.com/cris178 Cristian

    i like how if you want to comment you have to go all the way down were no one will ever see it.

  • http://twitter.com/gennaro_tangari Gennaro Tangari

    I’m a great fan of Windows Phone 7 and I really love my Lumia 800 but I have to say that the quality of the latest Windows Phone 7′s app, unfortunately, is not so high as I expect.

    • Seth_p

      Yeah, there doesn’t seem to be much ‘activity’ around the apps. I barely feel like I get an update pushed to my phone for the poop load I have installed. :/

  • Wizeojj

    WP7 has a modern OS. IOS is boring while Android OS is crap. 2012 is the year of Microsoft.

  • adam

    the apps will probably get better when windows 8 comes out and more people will know about metro

  • Simplycani

    Nice promo ..

  • Anonymous

    Should hit 100k apps within the next six months if Android & IOS growth rates are anything to go by.

  • Leon

    You guys realize that most of those apps were already create for iOS, Android and probably BB OS, and most are just ported/converted to WP, there hasn’t been any app so original, special or inspired by WP, so the early success and rapid grow on the app market for WP is due to the other mobile OS.

  • Crys1s

    Just visit a better site like http://www.neowin.net or http://www.winbeta.org
    At least they provide up to date news and dont abandon their readers…

  • Anonymous

    People stop whining its pathetic. Tom choose for a fulltime job he loves and lets just accept his decision. You have never paid him a dime, he did WinRumors in his spare time next to his fulltime job.

    If you want to keep reading Tom Warren’s website instead of acting like a little bitch just read his stuff on The Verge. And The Verge is a professional website. Their exclusive video’s of MS Labsare proof of that. 

    If its all about the Win label, well go to neowin (Apple fanboys) or to WMPoweruser (wannabee journalists with no contacts). I will be happy to follow Tom at The Verge and always get the latest stuff from MS.

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