Windows Store Swooshes Past 42,000 Apps, New Submissions Slow Down

If there is one thing that Microsoft hoped would skyrocket in the year 2013 is the number of apps that are submitted to its flagship Windows Store. Reality it turning out to be somewhat different, it seems.

Things have now slowed down from the feverish days of the app repository’s launch, and while the number of apps submitted keeps on growing, it is increasing at a very slow pace.

The latest from MetroStore Scanner, the unofficial source keeping a tab on things, shows well over 42,000 unique apps available for download on the Windows Store in various markets around the world.

But a deeper look at the daily figures of new app submissions reveals a significant drop compared to late last year, and now averages around 200 new apps that make their debut on the Windows Store every day. This, mind you, is almost a third of what was witnessed towards the end of 2012.

Still, this is talking about averages — the statistics throughout the week fluctuate. Case in point last Saturday that saw 359 new apps approved for the Windows Store.

The lowest apparently (pun always intended) was Wednesday, February 13, with a paltry 79 new apps showing up for download. Not a figure Microsoft would like to see regularly, I reckon.

Still, with February 1 gone, the estimate of seeing 100,000 apps that Redmond hoped is gone with it. Half this amount would have been a pretty decent showing too, but as things stand, it will be another few weeks before we hit this landmark.

Maybe it will come with an official announcement from Microsoft — one can always hope!

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