Windows Store now hits 20,610 Worldwide Apps

When it comes to Microsoft Surface and the rest of the Windows 8 gang, we repeatedly hear that a major driving reason not to get in on the new Windows action is that there just aren’t enough apps.

This might have been partially true at first, but every day that passes this point becomes even less relevant.

Sure, there might not be a ton of apps, but there are now 20,610 worldwide apps. This might not be the 700,000+ apps found in iOS or Android, but it is still a solid start.

Interested in knowing how many of these are free versus paid? It seems that the Windows Store world has become home to freeware more often than not. There are 17,958 free apps available worldwide. Of course that also means they are from smaller studios in many cases.

While app numbers are coming up, many big name apps have still yet to make their Windows 8 debut, though I suspect that story will change as more time passes by.
Curious about how many of those 20,610 apps are actually found in the United States?

A good chunk actually, at 12,675 apps for the U.S. Market. Three weeks before Windows 8 was launched, the Windows Store had only 3600 apps, so we are seeing some pretty crazy changes here.

Despite continued complaints by some, the truth is that Windows 8 has widely been a hit so far. Sure, not everyone is dropping their iPads, Windows 7 computers and other devices in favor of the new Windows 8 tablets and PCs. That’s not a realistic expectation.

It’s about growing the ecosystem and getting people talking about Microsoft.

The company that we once knew from the 80s and 90s is clearly dead, and I must say I am a big fan of what I’m seeing so far.

What about you, do you think Microsoft’s recent direction is the right one or do you think that Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 will prove to be big mistakes for the company down the road?

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