The Redmond-based company has reached the milestone in just 4 and a half months, adding apps at a rate of 465 per week. This is continuing to grow, as in the last 2 weeks, WP7 has counted 1,262 new additions to its rapidly-expanding Marketplace. Apple‘s iOS on the other hand took 4.7 months to reach the landmark point, while Android took 11 months to hit the 10K mark.
It may be good news for Microsoft, but it still has a hell of a lot of catching up to do. Google‘s Android Market currently houses over 200,000 unique applications, while Apple’s App Store dominates with over 300,000 on offer. Still, figures show that paid apps dominate Microsoft’s effort with a 38 percent share in popularity, followed by trial and free apps at 30 percent and 32 percent respectively. The report also concludes that games are the most popular type of app with a 23 percent share, no doubt thanks to the platform’s Xbox Live gaming.
We may still be waiting for Microsoft to release its long-awaited “NoDo” update, but it’s good to see Windows Phone 7 is doing something right. Could the once-flagging platform finally make its mark as a serious contender in the app store war? Let us know your thoughts!