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Microsoft's Windows 8 Store reaches 100,000 apps

Does so faster than iOS and Android
Tue Jul 02 2013, 10:49
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SOFTWARE HOUSE Microsoft's Windows 8 app store has reached the 100,000 apps milestone, and it has done so quicker than Android and iOS.

Microsoft tweeted the news on Monday, boasting that its Windows Store surpassed 100,000 apps just seven months after Windows 8 made its debut.

The Windows Store's app selection is still light in comparison to those of the iOS and Android app stores, but Microsoft surprisingly managed to hit the 100,000 landmark faster than its rivals.

It took Apple around 14 months to get 100,000 iPad specific apps into the iTunes Store, while it took Google 18 months.

However, it's worth noting that not all 100,000 Windows 8 apps are particularly high quality, and Winbeta notes that there are "numerous" apps that are little more than spam.

The website said, "As I monitor the Windows Store on a daily basis for new app releases, I am surprised to see so many useless apps being approved in large quantities. Why is Microsoft approving these apps? Is the race to have so many apps in the Windows Store such a big priority for the software giant?"

There are also still many big name apps missing from the Windows Store, including Microsoft's own Office suite.

Still, this is a sign that Windows 8 is growing, and that developers haven't quite given up on it yet. Another sign of this growth is the fact that Windows 8 has overtaken Windows Vista in terms of market share, which was revealed yesterday. µ

 

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