IDC: Windows Phone 7 Marketplace to become the 3rd largest app store “by the middle of next year”

The new Microsoft mobile OS Windows Phone 7 launched in November with the following devices: Rogers Samsung Focus, Bell LG Optimus Quantum, TELUS LG Optimus 7 and the HTC Surround. As for what to expect in 2011… Microsoft’s Mike O’Sullivan recently said “…there’s more devices coming. You’re going to see additional form factors. If you’re the type of person that loves a hardware keyboard, you’re going to see more phones like that coming out in the future”.

The devices are all good and there are a few Canadian app developers that are taking advantage of the new Windows Phone Marketplace such as Poynt, Yellow Pages and soon Score Mobile. These days manufacturers are measured by the volume of their app store. Apple has over 300,000, Android have over 100,000 and Windows Phone 7 has recently crossed over the 4,000 app mark.

Al Hilwa from Research firm IDC said “The Windows Phone 7 Marketplace reaching 4,000 apps two months after launch has to be one of the most rapid ramp-ups in recent times, reaching this milestone faster than Android, which took from Oct 2008 to March 2009 to reach about the same level… We can say that for a company that just a few months ago was an also-ran in mobile, having ten smartphones released in 30 countries is not a trivial achievement… I would not be surprised if Microsoft had the third largest app portfolio in the industry by the middle of next year.”

Things are looking up for Windows Phone 7 in 2011! (One more graph after the break)

Source: IntoMobile
Via: WMPowerUser & WP7applist