Thanks for a great \\build! Just passed 100k apps in the Windows Store.
— Windows App Builders (@windevs) July 1, 2013
It’s a fair call to say Windows 8 has been maligned as much as its been applauded since its release in late 2012. One of the brickbats commonly thrown at the Microsoft operating system has been a lack of apps on its Windows Store since the OS was released.
However, the software giant posted a tweet via its @windevs Twitter account today announcing its Microsoft Windows 8 App Store has just topped the 100,000 mark. What’s surprising is that the company has done so faster than Apple and Google, according to a report by UK website The Register. While Microsoft has managed the feat in just seven months, it took Apple twice as long to reach the same mark and Google took 18 months to hit the six-figure milestone.
Whether all of the apps on Windows Store are of the highest quality is being debated but reaching this milestone might just be enough to kick-start developers to jump on board.
That said, Microsoft’s recent PR blitz offering $100 to developers for each app accepted onto the Windows Store or Windows Phone Store before June 30 this year certainly wouldn’t have hurt those numbers at all.
The question is whether the app numbers growth can be sustained without that sort of financial incentive. That remains to be seen.
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