Windows Phone 7 Marketplace reaches 11,500 apps
Microsoft's latest statistics show there are now 11,500 apps on Windows Phone 7, of which 44 per cent are available as test versions
New statistics indicate the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace now has 11,500 applications.
The figures, which were released by Microsoft, also show over 36,000 developers are registered on the platform, and between them, they have downloaded the software development kit (SDK) more than 1.5 million times.
Microsoft claims around 1,200 new developers are registering every week.
It's worth noting 44 per cent of all applications have a trial version and the average Windows Phone 7 owner downloads 12 apps per month.
For an idea of growth, in January, 2011 there were only 6,000 apps on the Marketplace. From March 9 of the same year, the number had hit 10,000. It would appear things are slowing up, somewhat, but consider this.
Microsoft announced on March 9 it had seen one million downloads of its SDK. That would mean in under a month half a million developers or curious consumers have decided to at least take a look, suggesting the app number is only set to rise.
Regardless of how quickly the platform is growing, Windows Phone 7 is starting to stand on its own two feet. O2 is the latest network to announce the NoDo update, which adds the useful copy and paste function, and there are some great apps and games on the market already.
If you currently own or intend on owning a Windows Phone 7 handset, our applications section is definitely worth a look.
Source: Mobile Entertainment