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Windows Phone Marketplace now home to over 60,000 apps

Windows Phone users everywhere high-five as the Marketplace go beyond the 60,000 app mark

The number of Windows Phone apps may be a long way off from catching up with the likes of the App Store and the Android Market, but with reports that it’s now home to 60,000 applications, the Marketplace is gradually becoming an app store worth talking about.

Of course that figure is a far cry from the 400,000 strong Android app community and the half a million apps that reside in Apple’s App Store, so it’s hardly going to have Apple and Google quaking in their boots. But Microsoft’s game of catch-up will come as great news to Windows Phone users who have had the bear the brunt of the Marketplace’s app failings since its official release.

Word is that Microsoft added 10,000 apps in just 25 days – an improvement on the 40 days it took the company to move from the 40,000 to 50,000 mark. If this impressive growth rate continues at this pace, the Windows Marketplace has a good chance of competing against the major app players as soon as the end of the year.

The Windows Phone platform is rapidly growing in popularity, which is in part helped by brilliant smartphones like Nokia’s Lumia 800. So if the lack of apps has been the main reason for giving Windows Phone smarties a wide berth, it sounds like the Marketplace is on the right path to delivering a worthwhile app experience.

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Dan is Editor-in-chief of Stuff, working across the magazine and the Stuff.tv website.  Our Editor-in-Chief is a regular at tech shows such as CES in Las Vegas, IFA in Berlin and Mobile World Congress in Barcelona as well as at other launches and events. He has been a CES Innovation Awards judge. Dan is completely platform agnostic and very at home using and writing about Windows, macOS, Android and iOS/iPadOS plus lots and lots of gadgets including audio and smart home gear, laptops and smartphones. He's also been interviewed and quoted in a wide variety of places including The Sun, BBC World Service, BBC News Online, BBC Radio 5Live, BBC Radio 4, Sky News Radio and BBC Local Radio.

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