Windows Phone now has more than 25,000 apps available … are there even that many Windows Phone users?

According to a site called WindowsPhoneApplist there are now over 25,000 applications available for Microsoft’s new Windows Phone platform. With Windows Phone having launched back in late October 2010, that would mean that it’s taken between 8 and 9 months to achieve this figure. For the sake of comparison, Apple announced that it has 25,000 apps in their App Store in March 2009, 7 months after they even made applications available in the first place. So how should we treat Microsoft’s milestone? With congratulations, because they’re nearly as good as Apple, or with punishment, because now that developers know they can make a living off of a mobile apps, we were expecting the number of applications available to be even higher at this point in time? It’s tough to say, but there’s something even more important here, and that’s the number of Windows Phone users out there in the first place.

Depending on who you ask, there are between 3 and 4 million people using Windows Phone at the moment, meaning there are more people using Microsoft’s old mobile operating system compared to the number using their new one. Now yes, people are waiting to see how the platform evolves before diving in, and then there’s the massive group of people who want to wait until Nokia starts pumping out Windows Phone handsets, but still … shouldn’t the alarms be going off at Microsoft if their platform is being adopted in such partly numbers?

Later this month we’re going to see everyone report their Q2 2011 financial results and that should give us some color as to how Windows Phone has either gained traction or fallen to the wayside thanks to Google’s Android OS. If we had to make any predictions, we’d say things aren’t looking too good since people are deciding to save their pennies for Mango, the huge update to Windows Phone that promises to bring over 500 new features to the platform.

[Via: Boy Genius Report]

  • Genghis7777

    No, I don’t think they should be worried.  Satisfaction ratings for anyone who has a WP7 phone are through the roof.  The phone hardware in the first batch of WP7 phones are adequate but not spectacular.  Reports are beginning to emerge that the channel partners may not be promoting them as enthusiastically as they might.  M$ will get to the bottom of this.  It could be training, it could be a lack of opinion leaders, it could be the wrong incentives.  Whatever, it will make it.  iOS is starting to look long in the tooth; Android is an iOS knock off with lots of inconsistencies across various apps.  WP7 is fresh, original and fun.  I have two friends who have them and they love them.  People have doubts about Nokia.  HTC shows that it is possible to be a successful handset manufacturer without having your own proprietary OS.  I hope Nokia have had a good look at their playbook.  HTC didn’t put all their eggs in one phone model.  I hope Nokia have a few other models they plan launch in addition to Searay.

  • Anonymous

    Who are these people you speak of? Gadget geeks like us or Joe Shmoe on the street?

    Seeing that every phone store and ad space is plastered with iphone and the thousands of android OEMs, including the sales staff selling what they are commissioned for, its easy to see that Windows Phone wont have a great amount of users or sales in comparison.  Its not the OS, its the marketing.

    So don’t be surprised by those quarterly reports, rome wasn’t built in a day and Windows Phone is not even a year old yet. Of course its a shame media hang on to numbers so tightly, then sex it up in their own individual spin that could effectively kill a momentum.

    25k apps is nothing, its just choice to the end user. Its the quality of that 25k apps that matters, and so far being an active WP7 user since launch, there are many quality apps in the marketplace.

    WP7 OEMs are increasing come end of year and hopefully they will have more than 8 handset choices to sell and a good continuously engaging marketing plan for the average Joe.

  • Anon

    Genghis7777, while I agree with most of what you said I disagree with one of your statements. See HTC sure is platform independent but today most of its brand name comes from Sense UI on Android. Most people who hear company names like HTC automatically think 2 following things, 1st smartphone, 2nd Android. I’ve seen many people being confused when checking HTC phones like HD7 and Trophy, saying “Oh thats a different Android!” were then I have to explain that its not Android at all its something completely fresh.

  • I think they will gain market share as time goes by, it is a silky smooth GUI and seems very stable. Android is fragmented, IE Skype not working on all handsets with a forward camera? IOS is a closed system and very difficult to do a simple handset unlock for overseas sim cards while travelling, and WebOs has no apps to speak of.

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