After having previously reached 50,000 apps in December and 60,000 in January, the Windows Phone Marketplace has now officially passed 70,000 apps. We say ‘officially’ because this is the first time when the news comes direct from Microsoft. The number was made public during the big Windows Phone launch in China today by Simon Leung, Microsoft’s Greater China head honcho.
The average number of new apps added to the Marketplace every day is now 300. In 2012, the Marketplace will extend to 28 additional markets, adding up to a total of 63 markets around the world where you can buy apps for Microsoft’s latest mobile OS.
There are now more than 100,000 registered developers for WP, and app certification time has been lowered to less than three days currently. Two thirds of apps and updates pass the certification the first time around.
Since late October 2011, Chinese developers have been able to write apps for Windows Phone, and apparently 2,500 are currently working on apps for China.
Of course, after you cross a certain threshold (which I’d venture to say is much lower than 70,000), the number of apps itself becomes irrelevant. What’s more important is the quality of those apps, and whether most users are able to find apps for their preferred services and companies. And on that front too, Windows Phone has come a long way in the last few months.
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