A year has now passed since the first release of Windows Phone 7, and Microsoft has now released figures measuring the progress of their new Windows Phone 7 platform over the past year.
From the figures released by Microsoft it shows that their app store now contains over 11,500 apps of which 7,500 are paid apps for WP7. Microsoft also notes in their release that they have concentrated on quality rather than quantity, which would explain while they are a little way behind Apple’s 350,000 applications.
“We recognize the importance of getting great apps on our platform and not artificially inflating the number of actual apps available to customer by listing “wallpapers” as a category, or perhaps allowing competitor’s apps to run on the platform to increase “tonnage.” We also don’t believe in the practice of counting “lite” apps as unique quality content. In reality they only exist because developers can’t have a Trial API and must therefore do extra work. Finally, we don’t double and triple count apps which are submitted in multiple languages.”
Microsoft has a total of 36,000 registered developers and around 1,200 new developers are registering every week, and users are currently downloading around 12 apps each per month.With Microsoft taking around 1.8 days, on average, to certify an app to be included in the App Store, with 62% of all apps submitted get certified on their first attempt.
Microsoft are looking forward to outlining their purpose and principles for our forthcoming release during MIX11 starting April 12th.