Windows Phone Store is growing up
In case you haven't been paying attention, the Windows Phone Store is growing and expanding into a legitimate contender right before our very eyes. By Microsoft's count, the Windows Phone Store now boasts over 300,000 apps and games, with over 2 billion app downloads to date. Sure, that's only a fraction of the available apps on Android and iOS, but it's a big fraction.
For the sake of comparison, Android is home to over 1 million apps and 50 billion downloads to date, while iOS has over 1.2 million apps and can brag about serving up 75 billion downloads in the past 6 years.
Judged by itself, Microsoft's Windows Phone Store is doing just fine and growing at a decent clip -- back in December 2013, it had 200,000 apps, so it's added 100,000 in the past 8 months. Not too shabby.
Despite the number of apps and downloads, Microsoft has its work cut out in the mobile space. At last count, comScore pegged the Windows Phone platform as having a 3.4 percent share of the smartphone market in the U.S., versus 52.1 percent for Android and 41.9 percent for iOS.