Microsoft has officially reached 300,000 apps in its Windows Phone Store, a milestone for a mobile operating system still far behind Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS.

But say what you want about Windows Phone market share in general? And it went from a high of 7% to just 3.8% in the United States in June? Building your application vault is a big deal for Microsoft.

“We have over 300,000 Windows Phone apps today and the Windows Phone Store continues to grow. In the last year alone, the catalog of Windows and Windows Phone applications has increased by 94%, while the number of active developers has increased by 50%, “said a Microsoft spokesperson, as quoted by The Next Web. .

Reaching the milestone took a little longer for Redmond than it did for Apple and Google.

The Windows Phone Store debuted in October 2010 and had around 130,000 apps available for download as of February 2013. Reaching 300,000 apps around four years after its debut is formidable, even if the meteoric pace set by Apple, which launched its application Store in July 2008 and reached 300,000 applications in November 2010.

Google Play debuted in October 2008 ?? However, technically, “Android Market” got its start, as the app store wasn’t renamed to Google Play until March 2012. It’s hard to say exactly when Google’s app market crossed the threshold. 300,000 apps, but that was up to a quarter of a million apps by July 2011 and around 319,000 active apps in the third quarter of 2011.

For those who keep the score, that puts Apple a little over two years away, Google barely three years or so, and Microsoft barely four years to amass 300,000 apps.

Microsoft still has some catching up to do if it is to compete with the comprehensiveness of the Apple App Store and Google Play. Each of these portals has over a million apps available, which seems like a distant light at the end of Microsoft’s long tunnel.

That said, Microsoft’s app growth appears to be accelerating, as the Windows Phone Store reached 100,000 apps in June 2012, followed by 200,000 in December 2013, and now has over 300,000. And it remains to be seen if Microsoft’s new Universal Windows Applications Program could further increase the number (and rate of growth).

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