Owners of handsets running under Microsoft’s Windows Phone operating system can enjoy access to over 90,000 mobile applications at the moment, via the official Marketplace for them.
The Windows Phone Marketplace has been launched in more countries around the world, which attracted mode developers interested in taking advantage of the expanded availability of their apps.
Microsoft is gearing up for making the official app portal available in even more markets around the world, in an attempt to push its Windows Phone platform to the top.
According to data coming from WP7Applist.com
, the Windows Phone Marketplace has over 90,327 unique apps at the moment, WMPoweruser reports
The number is based on data collected from 65 Marketplaces, which means that some of the apps counted here will be available only in localized Marketplaces, and not in all of them.
The data also shows that 66 percent of all applications that Windows Phone
users have access to are free, while 23 percent of them are paid applications. Moreover, 11 percent of all applications listed in the Windows Phone Marketplace are trial apps.
Additionally, WP7Applist.com shows that 17 percent of the available applications are listed in the Entertainment category, while 15 percent of them have been included in the Tools and Productivity section.
The Games section in the storefront comes in on the third position, with 13 percent of all applications available for Windows Phone devices.
In early April, the Windows Phone Marketplace was reported to have had over 82 thousand applications available for users to download.
At the moment, over 300 new apps are being approved for listing in the storefront each day. At this pace, it should not be too long before the Marketplace passes the 100k apps mark.
With an increasing amount of software
available for its users, the Windows Phone platform is becoming more relevant on today’s smartphone landscape, although sales are still weak.
However, that might change with the launch of new, more appealing devices, and with the release of the next version of the mobile platform, Windows Phone 8, which is expected to land sometime in fall.