Windows Phone 7 Marketplace hits 6,000 apps

Another week, another milestone. Yes, just like clockwork nearly every two-weeks the Marketplace adds another 1,000 apps to its belt (5K was on 12/28/10).

The good news is development doesn't seem to be slowing (20K+ developers on board now), then again, it doesn't seem to be growing more rapidly either. However, Microsoft's app approval system may be fixed to only be able to push out 1k every two weeks and not really anymore. It's all a mystery to us.

Regardless, at this rate we should hit 10,000 apps by the second week in March at which point we'll have a party or something. All we know is we're leaving WebOS in our dust and our next goal is to beat BlackBerry (16K apps). See previous 5,000 post here with each previous 1,000 documented.

Source: Marketplacebrowser (opens in new tab)

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.

  • 60k app and I still can't find a freaking good decent password protect/value app that feel like mSecure on the iphone.
  • Did you try eWallet GO! by Ilium Software? It's pretty awesome and they're a well known company...
  • Daniel, I've been searching for 'password' on the marketplace and this one didn't show up. It seem there are a lot of negative review that the app isn't able to sync between wp7 and the pc.I don't think that will be an issue for me since I never used ewallet before. Lack of trail version is a bummer ...if you have the app, can you do a review of it?
  • Yeah definitely on the review. Will hopefully have something soon on it.
  • Maybe not your cup of tea, but did you look at Sky Wallet. Syncs with SkyDrive effortlessly and a desktop client is just around the corner. As a long time CodeWallet Pro user, got tired of waiting and took the plunge. About three hours to tansfer everything, but soon I will have access to my data from anywhere.
  • jimski, that look like something i might use, got the trail version; going to play w/ it for a bit. Hooking up to skydrive is pretty cool!Will wait for Daniel's review on ewallet go before I dive in.
  • It is 6k -- not 60k. I use RoboForm on my laptop. I'm told they are working on a WP7 version. No ETA yet, but I'm sure if more people asked them, it would help to heighten its priority. :-)
  • my bad, 6k :D .
  • RoboForm is some good shizz, that should be nice.
  • Pandora? Audible? Are you guys paying attention?
  • @ Phenolic: Wouldn't Pandora compete with Zune Pass?
  • That's not the issue though--we already have IHeartRadio, Resco Radio and Slacker Radio to name a few. From what I understand (and I'm fairly confident in saying), Pandora wants deeper access to the OS i.e. native access, including multi-tasking support and MS is so far not giving in on that area--not yet at least. So both sides are being stubborn on the matter. I know the developers of ShopSavvy were complaining of the same thing, in their case how the camera can't "live scan" a barcode.
  • Thanks Daniel. I didn't know that. I've been using Pandora for a long time prior to Windows Phone 7 and really like their product. I've tried the 2 of the other services you mentioned, but haven't found anything I like as much as Pandora. I think Pandora is interested in the platform so I'm sure at some point we'll see it.
  • That's what I heard about Pandora elsewhere as well. All set to be on the scene, then packed up their toys and went home because they didn't get their way.Really, IDK what is it that they think they need. I gave a spin this morning, and it seemed to work just fine. It streamed away while I used my phone, and continued to do so after the screen locked and shut off.
  • I suspect the rate is simply in a cyclical slump. Remember, this last batch of 1000 occurred during the second of two holidays a week apart. Plot out the 1K milestones by date and you'll see what I mean.
  • Great news for WP7. The more variety, the better! Now if only MS would improve its Marketplace search to emphasize keywords instead of titles.
  • All these new Apps and I cant stop playing Scribble Defense and ilomilo, Let me see whats new in the wp7 f*cking happy i dropped that blackberry. ........ Now back to destroying spinning squares, spirals and oh big ass stars, scribble, scribble........
  • IF MS opens it up a bit more with access to some nice APIs like sockets we'll really see a explosion of new apps. There's only so much you can do with the base set of APIs 3rd parties have access to.
  • seriosly microsoft is going for the numbers not the quality yhat is really sad
  • How is Microsoft going for numbers on this? Most of those Apps were made by users and developers, and anyways, who cares? I personally love the more numbers if more numbers translates in to more apps, Microsoft isn't controlling quality of the Apps, thats regular people. Have you seen the **** for iPhone? that's all I'm saying.