Windows Phone Marketplace gets 75,000 new apps in 2012

Microsoft launched Windows Phone operating system back in 2010 with 1,000 apps available initially in the first week. With the increasing popularity and developers base, Windows Phone platform had reached a total of 50,000 apps by the end of last year.


Today Todd Brix (Senior Director of Windows Phone Apps Team) made an announcement on the Windows Blog about the scale and opportunity of Windows Phone. In his announcement, he said:

Over the last year we’ve certified and published over 75,000 new apps and games (more than doubling the catalog size) and over 300,000 app updates.

By the end of the first year, Windows Phone Marketplace had crossed 50,000 apps, and in the second year it certified and published over 75,000 apps. On totaling the apps, we can say that Windows Phone Marketplace has  around 125,000 apps by this time.

In the Windows Phone 8 event back in October Microsoft announced that Marketplace had 120,000 apps. Within the last two months, the apps count must have crossed 125,000 and by the end of this year it can be reported that Windows Phone Marketplace is now home to more than 125,000 apps.

In his announcement, Todd Brix said ‘more than doubling the catalog size..’. With 50,000 apps reported by the end of 2011 and more than 125,000 apps by the end of 2012, that is surely double the catalog size. Some of them predicted that Windows Phone Marketplace crossed 150,000 apps it seems that they have mistakenly considered 75,000 apps by last year.

Comparing the numbers from last two years we can say that the apps in the Windows Phone marketplace is on the rise – and by the end of 2013 we expect it house more than 250,000 apps.

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