Microsoft has announced that its Windows Phone Marketplace finally made a milestone after it passed the 100,000 apps mark, but still significantly falls behind app markets Apple App Store and Google Play Store.
Based on data compiled by All About Windows Phone, app developers seem to want more involvement in the third ecosystem, as Microsoft’s mobile app store only needed five months to double its amount to 100,000 apps after it took 14 months to pass the 50,000 mark.
The Windows Phone dedicated site, however, noted that the actual number of apps available for download to customers is 88,371, with 10,357 withdrawn by app developers or Microsoft. Another 1,500 apps are still pending.
“We love the enthusiasm, but we’re focused on the number of actual Windows Phone apps available to customers. We’re not quite ready to ring the bell for 100k,” said a Microsoft representative to clarify the actual numbers have yet to reach the 100,000 landmark.
All the same, the company hopes that consumers and enterprises will consider trying out its mobile operating system before taking a final pick. While most reviews for Windows Phone are favorable, it failed to gain enough traction in the mobile market.
As a result, Nokia, which has changed its flagship mobile OS from Symbian to Windows Phone, suffered major losses in sales of Lumia devices, only to be surmounted by Samsung as the world’s top smartphone maker.
While the sudden rapid growth in Windows Phone apps is nice to hear, the mobile platform cannot match the Apple iOS and Google Android markets, both of which now boasting over 500,000 apps.