Microsoft Announces 75K Apps added to the Windows Phone Store

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Windows Phone Store leader Tom Brix was quite giddy to announce that the Windows Phone Store released 75K apps in 2012. Granted, both iOS and Android exceed that number way beyond but this is exciting for the 3rd-tier manufacturer. Nokia’s flagship device, the Lumia 920 runs Windows Phone 8 and stars in the majority of commercials promoting the software.

As we wrote prior in the week, Windows Phone is starting to play a more dominant role in Europe and in other parts of the world. U.S. is the main region in where it fails to be receiving great amounts of attention, undoubtedly due to the Apple and Android followings.

Keep in mind, Windows Phone really started to gain attention two years ago when Windows Phone 7 was released. It featured the same clean, tiled UI that is present in Windows Phone 8. Tom Brix is thrilled to have reached this milestone and by judging from the increase each year, it does not look like the Windows Phone team will be stepping back.

“Our big goal this year was to establish a new, scalable platform on the phone and in the cloud upon which we can better achieve our mission: to provide a confident, convenient, and customized app experience for our customers across the world and enable developers to rapidly innovate and realize opportunity.

We literally set a new foundation this year with the deployment of all-new infrastructure – new client platform, new developer toolset, new Dev Center, new catalog infrastructure, and all-new global service. I know transitions can be frustrating, but it is now complete and customers and developers are already beginning to reap the benefits with a better app and store experience, faster performance and more robust tools.

As a direct result of our investments, Windows Phone customers now download, buy, and use more apps than at any time since we first launched Windows Phone 7 two years ago. On average Windows Phone users have downloaded 54 apps each to personalize their phone experience around the people and information they care about most.”

[Source Venture Beat]

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