It will have 46 of the top 50 apps on other platforms by early 2013
While announcing the host of new features that Windows Phone 8 is set to arrive on shelves with, Microsoft also said on Monday that its Windows Phone Store, the official application portal for the platform, has topped 120,000 applications.The storefront was launched two years ago and has seen an impressive growth in the meantime, including the support for 50 languages (up from only 6 in the beginning) and the expanded availability to 191 countries (up from only 16).
However, it seems that Microsoft is determined to make the number of applications in the Windows Phone Store grow even larger, and that it might push it to even more markets around the world.
“The Windows Phone Store now has 120,000 apps and continues to see great new titles pour in,” Terry Myerson, corporate vice president, Windows Phone, notes in a blog post.
“Here are just some of the apps and games coming this holiday: Temple Run, Jetpack Joyride, Angry Birds Star Wars, Angry Birds Space, Draw Something, Words with Friends, Urban Spoon, Fairway Solitaire, Asphalt 7: Heat, Living Social, Cut the Rope, and Disney’s Where’s My Water and Where’s My Perry.”
Furthermore, the company also announced that a Pandora application is on its way to Windows Phone as well, and that it would be released in the beginning of the next year. The app will provide users with “one year of ad-free music courtesy of Microsoft.”
As soon as Pandora and the rest of the aforementioned applications become available for the platform, Windows Phone will have to offer to its users 46 of the top 50 apps that are now up for grabs for other mobile operating systems out there.
Soon, the company will also make the free Windows Phone 8 Software Development Kit (SDK) available for download for application developers, Terry Myerson continued.
“We can’t wait for the world to meet Windows Phone 8, the most personal smartphone there is. Windows Phone 8 comes on a range of phones that are stunning, colorful and unique,” Myerson also stated.