Microsoft has decided to share some stats about the platform on its Windows Phone Developer Blog.the stats look like this 11,500 apps for the platform (7,500 of which are paid apps) and 36,000 developers (with 1,200 newly registered developers every week).
Windows Phone customers download an average of 12 apps each month. It takes 1.8 days, on average, for an app to get certified by Microsoft, and 62% of apps submitted get certified on their first attempt.
WP7 is younger than these two platforms, it’s still lagging behind for example, iOS reached 100,000 apps in 15 months. Microsoft’s Brandon Watson doesn’t really like the methodology used by some other platforms when counting apps.
A ccording to the Brandon Watson “We recognize the importance of getting great apps on our platform and not artificially inflating the number of actual apps available to customer by listing “wallpapers” as a category, or perhaps allowing competitor’s apps to run on the platform to increase “tonnage.” We also don’t believe in the practice of counting “lite” apps as unique quality content. Finally, we don’t double and triple count apps which are submitted in multiple languages.,”