One of the main new features when Microsoft released Windows 8 was the availability of Windows Store. Using the Store, users were able to buy, download and install apps on your Windows 8 devices similar to the iOS and Android app store. The Windows Store did have a good number of apps at launch as well and at launch Microsoft had mentioned that the app store would hit the 100k mark within 90 days (3 months). Although there was lot of pace with new apps being added, it slowed down during February 2013 and the number of apps being added reduced considerably.
But now, after 7 months of official launch of Windows Store, it has reached the first major milestone of 100k apps.
According to Windows App Builders twitter account the official count is 100k apps. The milestone comes a week after the BUILD conference where Windows 8.1 was released.
Thanks for a great \\build! Just passed 100k apps in the Windows Store.
— Windows App Builders (@windevs) July 1, 2013
Although Microsoft couldn’t reach this milestone in 90 days, still 7 months is pretty good time as none of the other app stores including Apple, Google and Windows Store reached this milestone with such great speed. But having said this, there are quite a lot of important apps missing in the store and at BUILD Microsoft has announced that Facebook and Flipboard will be coming to Windows 8.
With Windows 8.1 Microsoft also redesigned the Window Store with new features and a better UI making it easier to search and install apps. Improvement in number of quality apps is important for Windows 8 as Windows RT depends purely on this store for all the apps. we are expecting things to change with the official release of Windows 8.1 sometime in August.
I enjoy a great deal of those applications/programs daily, I’m happy to see more come and come.