Hey Look, Windows Phone Store Now Features Over 300,000 Apps

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Chad727

My father just picked up a Lumia 635 running 8.1 for free. I can see the attraction to the device for someone completely new to using smartphones. The tiles seemed odd at first but after a while of toying with the device, I could see myself jumping ship from Android if the Windows store had all of the apps I currently use.

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Morete

Here's a new one; I got Windows phone only because as much as I dislike Windows Phone and mobile devices in general, I hate Android and iOS more. As much as I dislike Microsoft as a corporation, I hate Google and Apple more. When someone comes out with a successful mainstream (sorry, Canonical) pure Linux distro kernel mobile phone OS (not Android hybrid frankenkernel variants passing themselves off to the general public as a Linux distro), I'll be the first one in line to buy one. Let's get Fedora mobile or Red Hat mobile on a handset and let's get the third-party software applications rolling!

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Vesuvius

Of course apps are growing just as Microsoft Phones are growing. Nokia is a quality phone company and each phone and the software will be getting better and better. If you use exchange and outlook etc it just makes sense to use a windows phone. I have the 1092 and it has the best camera of any smartphone which in itself is very key. I would definitely like to see a even better camera smaller screen and phone for those that likes to text, use the phone and camera but not surfing the web etc. In fact a qwerty, with awesome phone, fast and good size would be great. Windows phones here to stay, and will creep up on market share just like the surface 3 finally is close to perfect compared to the first 2. My predictions are this, Blackberry will be out of the phone business in 5 years just like sony left pc. Microsoft will have a 25% share apple will shrink to 25% and then the rest will be 50%.

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maxeeemum

Nice Fairy Tale! You must be a stock holder like Baer. But what you delusional M$ fans forget is the many many years of ill will M$ has caused itself and may never get away from. And for young people M$ phones are just not cool.

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maxeeemum

Microsoft has been trying to get into the smartphone market for years now with little success! It's because of their reputation. When you have a history of not listening to your OS users and treating them like shit it should come as no surprise. Not to mention buggy software!

After what M$ tried to pull with Windows 8 I will never buy anything Windows mobile!!!

And this talk of "emerging (third world) market" is just laughable. More like desperation! Isn't that what Canonical is doing! LOL!

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Baer

I disagree, (sounds like this was written on a Mac, Maxeemum, sorry, could not resist that). I do agree that MS did not listen with Win 8, In fact I can say that some of us were treated with disdain when we made those comments to them at CES a few years back but Win 8.1 fixes, a new CEO and disappointing sales with Win 8 resulting in a much better Win 8.1, actually a quite good OS and now an accelerated Win 9 which looks quite promising as well as some quite good newer phones.
All companies screw up (I remember the Apple III and the Newton and there is also the brittle glass Etc. on the iPhone, all issues that Apple overcame or will)but the good ones learn from their stumbles and in this case I think MS is now back on track. (Just my humble opinion)

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maxeeemum

Sounds like this was written in a Microsoft office!

We're talking smartphone here!!!!!!! But W8 is just dead and not fixable

And I have never owned and never will own an Apple product!

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Baer

You can't post here in MS Office but only on the web page through your browser.
I agree that 8 is dead but 8.1 is not and 9 will be the new seven.
I am so glad I bought MS stock 18 Mos. ago.
As for owning Apple products, I have but will not again.

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Insula Gilliganis

I just read from here..

www.dailytech.com/Report+63+of+InStore+Smartphone+Shoppers+Were+Pushed+Towards+a+Samsung+Device/article36374.htm

the following statement..

"Kantar’s research found that 63 percent of customers that walked into a retail store to buy a new smartphone were recommended a Samsung device. What’s most interesting is that this was double the rate for Apple recommendations and nearly 10 times the rate for smartphones made by Nokia."

That certainly isn't good for Microsoft!!

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Volleynova

Good to see Windows Phone doing well, the more competition in the mobile space, the better.

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dunloireag

To be fair, there was a point in time when Android only had 3.4% market share, and the only competitor at the time was the iPhone. Windows is up against two tremendous contenders now. Given that Android had many more features than iPhone when release, it's no surprise that it took the lead.

I love my Windows phone and I know an increasing number of people that use them. For me, the interface is much better than the other two. I don't really care about the apps as much. I would bet most people really only use a handful of apps, and I've yet to find one that I really needed that was unavailable.

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jtrpop

I wonder what the fart apps percentage is?

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Baer

A year ago I did not know anyone else (besides myself) who had a Windows Phone, now I know of a number of them with a few more planning on getting one when the Verizon Win 8.1 phones are available in a few months. Most people I know and deal with do however have Samsung Droid phones (now much more than iPhones) but although a small segment there is no doubt that Windows Phone use is growing.
I love mine, mostly for the seamless sync Etc. with Outlook (as well as other uses). I also have now noted that I can get most Apps I want for my Win Phone, something that was not the case a year ago. Most Apps on any system are for sure garbage however.

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Shalbatana

and just like android and iPhone, 30% of those apps are horrible media players, 30% are variants on Bejeweled, and 30% are ripoffs on temple run.

Like all platforms, it's not how many apps, it's the variety of content.

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Insula Gilliganis

To briefly summarize what Robert Scoble has mentioned many times on the "Gilmore Gang" podcast..

1) Whenever he is in front of an audience, he asks who has an Android phone, an iPhone, and Windows phone. And no matter if he is in front of students, business people, programmers, etc., almost no one ever has a Windows phone.

2) Any time he sees an advertisement that mentions there is an app that can be downloaded for that product, Windows phone is never listed.

3) In his talks with app developers, he is told that apps are always made first for Android and iPhone. Then, if there is time, Windows phone.

This is why he thinks Windows phone will never catch on in any significant, meaningful way.

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Damnlogin

Well it's pretty obvious that the developers would target the bigger ecosystems. I like Windows Phone, but it's nowhere as good as Symbian and Android in terms of flexibility. What I love most about my Lumia devices are Nokia's great cameras, Nokia build quality, Nokia's Here Maps, Microsoft Office, Glance screen and Cortana. Windows Phone is nowhere near perfect, but it's getting better and growing steadily with time.

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WarpathPS

Nobody cares what he thinks. The Windows phone like the Lumia 521 is an excellent machine. You get windows 8 on it and none of this nonsense that Apple and Android pulls. Oh I'm stuck on Gingerbread...better buy a new one or learn how to put Cyanogen on your phone if it is available. A phone like the Lumia 521 can be had for $70 brand new and is impressive for the price point. Contracts are dying in the United States with T-Mobile leading the charge. The days of 2 year contracts and 3 year contracts(Canada) for phones that cost $500+ are coming to an end. All Microsoft has to do is win the emerging markets over with quality entry level phones which will also do well in the pre-paid markets. Motorola has already slaughtered its rivals in India. The days of people running around with tape on their phone waiting "just 3 more months to upgrade" for a new phone, early termination fees, overages, and throttling are going the way of the dinosaurs and the sooner the better. Microsoft has plenty of opportunity to make serious headway in the mobile phone market.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

Can you post a link to your blog?—because I'm certain we all want to hear more from a very important, informed person such as yourself.

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maxeeemum

LOL!