- V3 Apps
Microsoft has used Mobile World Congress (MWC) to reveal there are now 130,000 applications on its Window Phone store as developers show renewed interest in its mobile platform.
The firm made the announcement in a blog post by its leader for Windows Phone apps and store, Todd Brix, who said the innovative feature included in Windows Phone 8 had help entice more developers to the platform.
"Developer registrations are up by over 40,000 in the first 90 days since the launch of Windows Phone 8, and we've already seen 15,000 new apps that specifically leverage the new platform functionality Windows Phone 8 provides," he said.
"All told, [developers have] created a catalogue of more than 130,000 apps and games - designed specifically for a differentiated Windows Phone UI and ecosystem."
Brix also said the firm has seen a huge explosion in use of apps from it store, with a 75 percent increase in app downloads and a 91 percent increase in paid for apps - although he failed to provide any context for those increases, so it's not possible to judge over what time period the increases relate to.
Brix also claimed that on average, Windows Phone users had downloaded 55 apps each.
The rise in downloads is probably attributable to rising sales of devices running the operating system, notably Nokia's Lumia range. Microsoft is still a long way behind rivals such as Android and Apple in the apps market, both boasting over half a million apps.
Nevertheless, the rise will be welcomed by those at Microsoft and used as evidence that while it has been slow to enter the mobile market it's moving fast to catch up with its rivals, with most high-profile apps now available for the operating system, such as Spotify.
Dan Worth is the news editor for V3 having first joined the site as a reporter in November 2009. He specialises in a raft of areas including fixed and mobile telecoms, data protection, social media and government IT. Before joining V3 Dan covered communications technology, data handling and resilience in the emergency services sector on the BAPCO Journal.