Apps are vital to a modern smartphone platform’s fortunes. If Microsoft hopes to turn the corner with Windows Phone 7, it will need an unabated supply of quality apps. While it is way too early to pass a verdict on Windows Phone 7 Marketplace, the app store is looking well-stocked ahead of the US launch of smartphones running WinPho 7.
The app count has now breached the 1,000 app mark – Apple’s App Store debuted with 500 apps. But if Microsoft needed a reminder of the very long, treacherous road that lies ahead, the Android Market delivered it by crossing the 100,000 app mark just around the same time as when Microsoft’s app store reached its first milestone.