Windows Phone Store swells to more than 300,000 apps, but is it enough to compete?

By Shawn Knight
Aug 9, 2014
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  1. Microsoft's Windows Phone Store is now home to more than 300,000 apps according to updated statistics on the company's By The Numbers website. The figures were recently updated to reflect app count as of the end of June 2014 according to...

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  2. SirGCal

    SirGCal TS Maniac Posts: 365   +136

    How much of this is raw numbers and the same old garbage games over and over and how many are useful apps? Although then, how many people actually use Windows Phones? The gotcha to using the lesser of the common products (android, etc.) is that there is less money developing apps for the device with the fewest users.
  3. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Posts: 6,477   +965

    Windows Phone is definitely making some progress, especially with WP 8.1.
  4. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,341   +1,939

    Hopefully Windows phones popularity will grow with a new version of Windows on them and although I generally like Windows 8 phones, they offer me no compelling reason to switch from Android.
    Last edited: Aug 11, 2014
  5. efrometa

    efrometa TS Rookie

    When the Appstore and Google Play had 50,000 Apps it was a milestone. Microsoft has 300,000 apps and bloggers still complain about it. We still have the Web for 99.9 of the useful apps.
    Zero21XX likes this.
  6. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,383   +105

    My Windows 8 phone just got updated to Windows 8.1. But I see there are some tracking features, anyway I've blocked those features. I like the fact I can have the option to block it. Really not into the MS Store features I just need a few apps and that's about it.
  7. Teko03

    Teko03 TS Maniac Posts: 302   +104

    That's because there are 2 elite app stores it has to compete with. I'm a huge supporter of the Windows ecosystem, but the quality of the apps compared to the iOS and Android counterparts are pretty sad. Not to mention we have apps such as Instagram, which is STILL in beta after nearly a year, while other popular services receive an app and are: abandoned and eventually disappear from the store, nothing more than a mobile site wrapper or just plain out suck. So these are a few of the reasons this "300,000" number means nothing.
  8. Nobina

    Nobina TS Evangelist Posts: 807   +270

    Apple and Google have way more apps and most of them are total ****. I.E. Subway surfer cheats, an app that doesn't do anything at all. Or "(Any popular game) wallpapers" and many many more. Most bigger apps and games will find their way to WP if they aren't already there.
    Last edited: Aug 10, 2014
  9. Jack Thompson

    Jack Thompson TS Rookie

    Is not that much about the number of apps as it's about the quality of the phone...
    I've had it for already a year and comparing to my iPhone is unreliable, freezes, have to constantly restart it and battery life sucks.

    With all this drawbacks, MS is selling this phones at same cost as all prime android and apple iPhones.
    You don't enter a well established market with subpar product and expect everyone to pay the same cost for it as already established products.
    psycros likes this.
  10. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 1,295   +663

    Dear Microsoft: ITS THE INTERFACE, STUPID.
  11. Like the Apple app store, I doubt there are that many apps. It's more like there are 500 apps, some of them implemented in over 2,000 slightly different ways. Last time I looked and counted (a long time ago) there were about 50 pages of flashlight apps for example.
  12. RustyTech

    RustyTech TS Guru Posts: 819   +385

    Allow me to inform you that IMO there is a compelling reason NOT to switch to a Windows Phone - there is no File Manger and you can't sync with MS Office Outlook. And NO, syncing it with or DOES NOT COUNT! MS will NEVER have my calendar or contacts!
    I used a Nokia 525 (or was it 526) a year ago, for about 11 days, and had to return it.
  13. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,341   +1,939

    They probably have it already without you knowing.
  14. Teko03

    Teko03 TS Maniac Posts: 302   +104

    Microsoft has released a File Manger app called "Files".

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