Microsoft: 75,000 Windows Phone apps were published in 2012

Ian Hardy

December 27, 2012 2:04pm

App dominance has been a selling point for the various manufacturers for the last several years. Apple’s App Store, Google Play (Android), RIM’s BlackBerry App World (soon to be just BlackBerry World) and Microsoft’s Windows Phone Marketplace have been battling it out over the schere number of apps, when really customers just want quality apps.

Today on the Microsoft blog, Todd Brix, Senior Director of Windows Phone Apps Team, stated that while they “set a new foundation this year” with Windows Phone 8 they saw their customers base download more apps then when Windows 7 was released 2-years ago, with an average of 54 apps per customer. There has also been 300,000 app updates and over 75,000 new apps and games published into the Windows Phone Marketplace, which is apparently “more than doubling the catalog size” over last year.

This year we saw a slew of new Windows Phone 8 devices launch in Canada, namely the Nokia Lumia 920, HTC 8X and 8S, plus the Samsung ATIV S. There’s no word yet on the device lineup for 2013, but there will be some announcements from several manufactures at CES in a couple weeks.

Source: Microsoft

  • Ron Mexico

    75,000 Windows Phone apps published in 2012? That’s more Apps than phones sold. Interesting…

  • ronl

    RIM got 70,000 BB10 Apps in like 6 months….. But still impressive

  • 2cf

    RIP RIM!!!!! 😀 😀

  • andy c

    how many of the 75000 are WP7/WP8 apps?

    how many current apps are optimized/updated for WP8?

    I used WP7 for over a year and downloaded more then 60 apps. most were to find a decent rss reader, youtube app or weather app. I deleted a whole bunch.

  • Rich

    Honestly, are people still impressed by app #’s?

  • oldschool

    All those apps and nothing for TD Bank! And 4 phones is hardly a slew, especially when 1 is a Rogers exclusive and 2 are from HTC.

    Sorry for the griping, as a former Lumia 710 user I was hoping for the WP8 ecosystem and phones to catch up to Google a little faster so I can toss my GS3.

    • andy c


      keep waiting. after using WP7.5 i’ve decided to hop on the nexus bandwagon for at least a year (currently a Gnex, N4 ordered) I’ll look at Windows phone again next fall to see if anything has improved.

  • Pascal B

    I’m still waiting to be impressed by one app on Win8…

  • Money is everything

    They’re all fart apps. Windows 8 is a fart OS.

  • Money is everything

    Oh, and my brain is made of farts as well!

  • Mr . Michael

    So many trolls scared of Windows Phone.

  • RIP WP8

    Too little, too late.

  • swizzlerz

    I think its fishy .. you left out the total current amount of apps in your article…….. what are you hiding it for???????? Microsoft: Over 150,000 Apps in Windows Phone Store