Windows Phone 7, which was launched on October 2010, celebrated its first anniversary last month. Within this one year, Windows Phone 7 had one major update- Mango. Now Windows Phone 7 is in its thirteenth month and looks like it seems that the Marketplace is growing. Windows Phone 7 has now more than 40,000 apps and games in its apps store. The number was 35,000 last month.
According to all about Window Phone (AAWP), the submission rate in the last 30 days was 165 per day. 85%, of the 30 days submission, were apps and 15 % games. 68 % were available for free download, 23% were paid, and 9% consisted of free trials.
Though Windows Phone 7 app mark is nothing compared to Android Market and Apple App Store, which has reached more than 300,000 and 500,000 app mark respectively, it has lots of scope for growth. After the release of Mango update for Windows Phone 7, the app mark increased tremendously as compared to earlier months. Apple and Android might have reached that app mark, but it should not be forgotten that both are four years old. They were both launched in 2008 if compared to Windows Phone 7, which is just thirteen months old.
Microsoft expects that Windows Phone app mark will reach 50,000 by the 2nd or 3rd week of January. But if there is any increase in the submission growth rate, there are chances that it can reach the expected app mark by the end of 2011.