A year later, Microsoft shares some WP7 stats

By on April 1, 2011, 1:27 PM
Microsoft has shared some statistics on how the Windows Phone 7 ecosystem has performed during its first year of availability. Unfortunately, the software giant has still not shared how many devices have been actually sold to consumers.

The company has seen 1.5 million downloads of its Windows Phone Developer Tools. 36,000 developers have paid to become members of the AppHub, and 1,200 are registering every week. The Windows Phone 7 platform seems to be providing developers with a decent revenue stream, as over 65 percent (7,500 in total) are pay-for apps. Of these available apps, 1,100 of them are using Microsoft's built-in Advertising Ad Control platform to generate revenue.

Microsoft has surpassed 11,500 apps on the Windows Phone Marketplace, which is a drop in the bucket compared to the six digits of apps that iOS and Android have. Still, the company was able to reach the 10,000 apps milestone quicker than any another mobile smartphone platform. Windows Phone 7 owners are downloading an average of 12 apps a month, and Microsoft says its certification process takes an average of 1.8 days. 62 percent of apps are certified on the first attempt.

For more details on all the numbers, check out A Year Later–The Windows Phone 7 Numbers That Matter on The Windows Phone Developer Blog. Warning: it's a very verbose post.




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RandyN said:

Obviously, if MS won't reveal the number of phones sold it's for a very good reason (which, of course, can only mean sales are not very good).

yRaz yRaz said:

I LOVE my windows phone. There are a few bugs, but they will be fixed in some near future updates. LG is coming out with one specific to the quantum, I'm very much looking forward to that.

2 things bother me:

The alarm is adjusted with the volume on the device, you can't set a volume for it. So, if my phone is medium after listening to some music I can't hardly hear the alarm. Also, the alarm sounds are silly and don't wake you up. The ringer works the same way.

the other thing is that most of the good apps are paid apps and there aren't very many of them

hynesy hynesy said:

I think overall the numbers are promising but he has only chosen to reveal numbers that are indeed promising. As the above poster mentioned the number of devices sold hasn't been revealed for a reason. With that said as someone who owns a WP7 in a corporate environment I believe WP7 will really take off once they release the device management software (slated for release for the end of the year I have heard) and Lync for WP7.

The consumer market is something different and it will be interesting to see how things play out.

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