We’ve been following Windows Phone Marketplace’s development with great interest, and now it’s finally reached 100,000 published apps! According to AAWP, 100,145 apps have been published over the last 20 months, as of June 3rd, 2012. Windows Phone actually reached the milestone faster than Android (24 months), but it took more time than with iOS (16 months).
100,000 is an important number. The amount of apps is often used when comparing different platforms, and comparisons now look much better when Windows Phone is actually in the same league with its competitors. After all, humans tend to subconsciously perceive 99,999 a significantly lower number than 100,000.
The amount of apps seems to be steadily rising at a pace of 10,000 a month. Reaching Android and iOS still doesn’t seem likely, when it comes to the quantity of the apps, but Windows Phone is a credible challenger. The quality of the apps appears to be pretty much on the same level when each store is compared and perhaps Windows Phone 8 can do something to further accelerate developer interest in the platform.