Windows Phone 7 marketplace hits 1000 apps, SDK updated

By on October 26, 2010, 9:24 AM
With less than a month since its official debut Windows Phone 7 has already achieved it’s first major milestone: 1,000 available applications. Although Microsoft’s app Marketplace pales in comparison to its main competitors, including Google which recently announced breaking the 100,000 mark, the achievement is still noteworthy when you consider the old Windows Mobile platform took seven months to reach this figure since its app store launched.

Furthermore, the 1,000 app milestone was reached in just three weeks since the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace opened its doors and we are still two weeks away from the U.S. launch of actual smartphones running the new platform, so it certainly seems like Microsoft is headed in the right direction. Devices powered by Windows Phone 7 begun arriving in Europe and Asia late last week, while the U.S. launch is scheduled for November 8.

The company also released an update to its Windows Phone 7 developer tools recently which brings things like improved Bing Maps performance, a new Windows Phone Connect utility that facilitates connection between the Phone and a PC for debugging purposes, and the Windows Phone Capability Detection tool which scans apps submitted to the marketplace to discover what APIs it uses so devs can't hide the use of restricted facilities within their apps (basically a security mechanism by which users have to authorize an app to use of things like location services or push notifications).




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Cueto_99 said:

I'm not surprised at all, most companies that sell apps on the android and app store will likely port their apps to the windows platform in order to cash on this new market...

Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

This was one platform I really want to try out but haven't yet, want to replace this iPhone with a phone that can actually pickup phone call again...

1000 apps in 3 weeks sounds like a winning platform already to me

uttaradhaka said:

Well well well, looks like we have a fight on our hands..

fritz123 said:

most of the developers are producing apps for the iphone and android. not surprising since the market there is larger. but maybe in a few months, things will just get better for the windows phone 7. it hasnt really caught on to its competitors, lets give it some time, apple and google had a head start after all.

motrin said:

this makes me sad.. us zuneHD owners have been left in the dark since the release of the device. Theres only like 20ish official apps. And all because they didn't release the SDK

fwilliams said:

You should all buy a WP7 now! Do not wait for applications they will come later, just use it as a phone for now. Microsoft needs your money now!

frodough said:

Not fast enough apparently, if you punch these numbers in the calculator it would take MS 5.7 years to reach 100,000 apps for WP7's. a realistic competitive goal for them should be less than 2 years if not 1.5 yr. so they need to triple (x3) that result to about 1000 app / week in order for their market to stay relatively competitive (number wise).

Jibberish18 said:

fwilliams said:

You should all buy a WP7 now! Do not wait for applications they will come later, just use it as a phone for now. Microsoft needs your money now!

It's always nice to help out a new struggling company in the industr........~_~

1000 Apps sounds great. As long as they're all high quality applications. Since Microsoft is running a screening process on the applications that get approved, I'll assume they all have at the very least a certain level of bug free functionality and usefulness.

bioflex said:

i would say things look bright for miscrosoft and windows phone 7.....cant wait to get hold of a phone with that OS.

treeski treeski said:

I count 901 in the marketplace on Zue, just sayin...

But I'm glad the app catalog is steadily growing.

crzydave said:

How do the new W7 phones compare to the current android phones, and to the iphone?

mikeusru said:

So hard to consider WM7 seriously after the disaster that is my WM6.5 phone...

I realize that they designed it from the ground up but... it's still the same people who designed the older system. Maybe their quality control department is lacking, or maybe their designers are just old and behind the times... either way, Microsoft hasn't impressed me with any of their "cutting edge" creations.

Jibberish18 said:

I realize that they designed it from the ground up but... it's still the same people who designed the older system. Maybe their quality control department is lacking, or maybe their designers are just old and behind the times... either way, Microsoft hasn't impressed me with any of their "cutting edge" creations.

It's COMPLETELY different than anything you've seen or would expect from Microsoft. Trust me, they know they can't screw up this OS. Read the reviews. If you want, I can post them up for you from 4 different sources.

From what I've been told Microsoft has PLENTY of talent but politics and business decisions hold them back.

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(Anandtech)

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(Ars Tecnica)

http://gizmodo.com/5668738/windows-phone-7-review

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(Engadget)

Not sure if Techspot has a review yet.

princeton princeton said:

Oh wow. I didn't know it released anywhere. I guess here in Canada we get products later than europe and the US sometimes.

kaonis92 said:

It's good to see there will be another competitive platform in the market. Who knows M$ might make something decent this time...

XnaX said:

Cueto_99 said:

I'm not surprised at all, most companies that sell apps on the android and app store will likely port their apps to the windows platform in order to cash on this new market...

Exactly my thoughts (:

limpangel limpangel said:

Better to have 1000 actually useful apps than 10000 fart apps. You know what I'm talking about.

Can't wait to get my hands on one of those WP7 phones.

Kibaruk Kibaruk, TechSpot Paladin, said:

I just want Ilomilo, read it on another post and it looked awesome :P

Yoda8232 said:

Win 7 Phone: Oh well, no porn or violence.

iPhone: Lets fart in 1000 different ways.

Blackberry: So you coming to the meeting at 10 today?

Android: Porn and violence allowed, insta-win.

mattfrompa mattfrompa said:

motrin said:

this makes me sad.. us zuneHD owners have been left in the dark since the release of the device. Theres only like 20ish official apps. And all because they didn't release the SDK

Thank you! I bought the 32GB Zune HD for the Nvidia tegra, the sleek touch interface, flash memory, and what was supposed to become a great app store. What they currently have available is just sad for how long the device has been on the market. This much neglect has already made it very unlikely for me to even consider another Zune, and with near 1,000 apps for WP7 (which gets shoved in your face EVERY TIME when you bring up the Zune marketplace. Im su nGry I cnT sPl strgt >:[

samironsy said:

i hop that nokia operate there phones with it

Guest said:

They will increase at a higher rate remember the more that WP7 gets famous the more developers will make apps for its so the percentage will increase. in 2 years i think they will get to at least 75,000

remember there is a lot more die hard windows fans out there more then the mac, So i think they are at a great start.

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