No brownies for guessing that the number of new apps that show up on the Windows Store has noticeably slowed down since the end of last year, expectedly it could be said.

In fact, January 2013 only saw around 4,000 new apps added to Microsoft’s flagship app repository, and the number rise to 39,860 by the end of the first month of the year.

This past month was more of the same, as far as new appearances are concerned. Latest numbers from the MetroStore Scanner website show that the total app count at the end of February 2013 was 44,680.

If things continue at this pace, the Windows Store might cross the 50,000 apps milestone sometime in early April, and save for some drastic improvements, the 100,000 milestone could be a while away — sometime in 2014.

China still boasts the largest number of localized Windows 8 apps with no less than 31,067 apps available, while the US market total now stands at 30,045 according to the same apps aggregator.

These figures are nowhere near bad for a fledging new platform, but like most things in life, it all boils down to the quality of the apps rather than quantity. Google, Facebook and many more are missing from the party, though several others have confirmed they are developing Windows 8 apps.

Forget important third party apps, even a fair few Microsoft applications are still missing in action.

Case in point the impressive and highly-rated Photosynth app that Microsoft has developed for various platforms, but is still nowhere to be seen for Windows 8 — even though you can find it on Apple’s app repository for any and all iOS devices.

The things one gets to see in the technology word, these days.

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  • 123321

    …photosynth now available on Windows phone! finally 😉
    love it. 🙂
    (why do i need it on win8? taking pictures with a tablet is really strange. anyway…it would be nice to see it available everywhere)

  • Abhishek Shukla

    44000 is a huge number but still a long way to go MS. We are looking for 100000+ apps in Windows store.

  • Rex

    Been a while since I looked at the store. It was fun just to play around with at first, but the quality was mostly lacking. Just checked the other day and found a couple pretty good looking games. Still not where I am expecting, but I think it is getting there. Not sure that I could live with just a Windows RT tablet yet.

  • Nishanth

    Just 44000 not enuf…try 2 make more…..:-)

  • adhie

    Im cool the fact that wp8 apps isn’t as much play store or app store, but we need the capability to install apps on sdcard cuz my 8s is running out of memory! That sucks

  • dpkpurty

    its not enough for compare with other apps store need more apps…

  • Cara

    Despite the fact most don’t work unless you have the 7.8 update which you have to sometimes force to get or windows 8. Also, some are just terrible… Need more apps like on android, such as song pop… Or 4 pics 1 word. Highly popular games, windows could strive from it.

    • FreshPriceCW

      This article is about the Windows Store
      Windows Phone Store has more than 130.000 apps