Microsoft has announced there are now over 100,000 apps available on its Windows 8 app store, reaching the milestone number faster than either Apple apps for the iPad or Android apps.
Microsoft has taken seven months to reach the target, while Apple took around 14 months and Google 18 months. Microsoft announced the landmark figure in a tweet, below:
Thanks for a great \\build! Just passed 100k apps in the Windows Store.— Windows App Builders (@windevs) July 1, 2013
However, some commentators have questioned the relevance of the number given the prevalance of many spam apps on the store, or otherwise useless apps that serve no real purpose. However, Microsoft will no doubt be pleased app builders see it worth their time to build for the operating system, despite its relatively lukewarm reception on the market.
The update comes as figures from NetApplications show that Windows 8 has officially surpassed Windows Vista in market share. The site reports that Windows 8 now holds a 5.1 percent share of the market, compared to Windows Vista's 4.62 percent share.
Those market shares are both dwarfed by Windows 7, which holds a 44.7 percent piece of the PC market. Second is Windows XP which, despite being more than a decade old, still holds more than a third of the market with a 37 percent share.
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