Microsoft announced last week that it had doubled the number of apps available on Windows Phone in 2012 to 150,000.
Amazon’s Appstore had 50,000 apps as of September, but Amazon has taken a very different approach, carefully selecting apps for quality and sales potential.
Microsoft’s app growth is impressive— indicative of the serious resources the company has put behind the effort and its deep understanding of the mobile platform wars.
However, as SAI’s Steve Kovach points out, there is still no Pandora, Dropbox, or Instagram, and the Facebook app isn’t even made by Facebook. If Microsoft wants to become the third mobile platform, that will need to change.
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