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Microsoft: Windows Store passes 100 million app downloads

Microsoft: Windows Store passes 100 million app downloads
Microsoft has announced that cumulative sales of Windows 8 – including brand new machines running the OS and upgrade licenses for existing devices – have hit 60 million.

In post made on the company's Windows blog, Microsoft communications manager Brandon LeBlanc said the firm's in-house numbers suggest the new OS is currently enjoying a "similar sales trajectory" to that of Windows 7.

The numbers game

"We have seen a significant increase in the number of Windows 8 certified systems since general availability at the end of October," added LeBlanc.

"There are now more than 1,700 certified systems for Windows 8 and Windows RT."



The news comes as the spotlight is cast upon both Windows 8 and Windows RT at CES 2013 in Las Vegas, with Qualcomm having devoted a portion of its keynote at the event to showcasing Windows RT tablets and Windows Phone 8 devices from Nokia and HTC – all equipped with Snapdragon processors.

More important for developers, however, is Microsoft's assertion that the Windows Store – which pushes apps across both Windows 8 and Windows RT – is taking off.

"This week we also highlighted strong growth in developers building for Windows 8," concluded LeBlanc.

"Since the opening of the Windows Store the number of apps has quadrupled and we passed the 100 million app download mark – just two months after general availability."

[source: Microsoft]

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Keith Andrew
It's exactly the same as it is on PC. Either you made a mistake removing it from your Windows 8, or you won't like it on a phone/tablet either. :)
Ben Stead
Ah fair does...Still really want to try it on a touch screen. It looks incredibly intuitive come to phones/tablets. Tempted to grab a 920 when I upgrade...
Keith Andrew
See, for you the 'pointless' additions are what for others, such as me, made the purchase essential. I wouldn't have got Windows 8 without Metro.
Ben Stead
Possibly but the cost of Windows 8 is incredibly low compared to what Windows 7 was at release so it possibly balances out.

Really? It always seemed kind of gimped compared to other tablets on the market. I was really into the Surface but have found the price to be too much of a barrier. Maybe if I could get my hands on one to try it out....

I really love Windows 8. It's much snappier, quicker and much better optimized. This is after I've modded it to work pretty much the same as W7. I think much of the backlash has come from the seemingly "pointless" additions in W8, which is arguably down to W7 being so god damn great. I reckon W7 will certainly be the new XP. So many will just always stick with 7!

I think it's an incredibly interesting time for MS considering they don't quite have the dominance they've always had.
Keith Andrew
Ben - Actually, considering the state of the economy now compared to Windows 7, even managing to keep pace with it is mightily impressive.

Furthermore, Surface RT has been a sell out - they're increasing production - and Metro is crucial to Microsoft's future: The only reason they can sell Windows 8 for £50 is because the main bulk of cash, as Apple has proved, comes from the selling of software. That's where Windows' future lies.

(That said, you can skip the Metro UI with one click, and because it's quicker to start up, you can be on Windows 8's desktop far quicker than you can Windows 7's.)
Ben Stead
They've pushed much harder with this OS than any other. I feel a "similar trajectory" to W7 is a bit disappointing. Probably why Steve Ballmer looked like a dementor had a go at him before he came on for his Qualcomm appearance.

It's a really great OS for tablets and phones. I think they really shot themselves in their foot by not sticking to a more traditional style with the desktop stuff. If they'd just whacked the start button in their and let you skip the not-metro stuff then uptake would have been much much higher.

As it stands, I can see support for W8 dwindling and maybe a price cut for the surface RT.
Chris Newman
The only number I see here, sadly, is that's less than two app downloads per device.
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