Windows Phone Marketplace reached 100,000 app submissions
Windows Phone OS is now officially part of the major league, folks. The Marketplace for Microsoft's mobile OS has made it past the mark of 100,000 application submissions, thus joining the likes of Android and iOS as part of the elite club.It took the platform the relatively short 20 months to reach the magic number - that's quicker than Android (24 months), but slower than iOS (16 months).
Out of the 100,000+ submitted apps, 88,371 are available for download across 60 countries. That number is bound to increase with around 300 every day. Don't be surprised however, if the pace picks up even further - after all, Windows Phone Apollo is right around the corner.
A great achievement indeed. And who says go for the Android and iOS if you are a fan of iOS apps? Windows have been the traditional app makers and would continue to go at a brisker pace. Don’t be surprised if it overtakes the Apple and the Android in a short time.
According to Engadget not all of those 100,000 apps are available. They put the number at 88,371. But for argument sake, lets call it 100,000. Both Android and iOS have about 600,000 apps available. If the Engadget article is correct and we're seeing 313 WP apps submitted each day the math works out like this:
500,000 more apps for iOS and Android.
313 WP apps per day = 1597 days to add 500,000 apps.
1597 days = 4.37 YEARS to catch up.
And that supposes no more iOS or Android apps are added in those 4.37 years. iOS/Android development comes to a full stop right now and remains static. The good news is that WP development doesn't need to catch up to Android/iOS in sheer numbers to compete. The only need to make enough apps to create a compelling ecosystem and leverage it with some WP-only features that attract users. The market is big enough that a 3rd ecosystem can be extremely profitable without going toe to toe against the Big Two.