Microsoft has released stats regarding the size of their app store for Windows Phone 7, and the news of it should make RIM tremble.
ï»¿ï»¿Windows Phone Marketplace currently offers more than 9,000 quality apps and games and enjoys a base of over 32,000 registered developers, delivering an average of 100 new apps every day. TheÂ Windows Phone Developer Tools have now been downloaded more than one million times, and we recently announced anÂ update to let developers take advantage of OS updates such as the addition of copy and paste functionality. (Windows Phone Developer Blog)
Note: Emphasis mine.
Currently Blackberry App World sits at 22,885 apps (including a few test apps) which is a decent number considering how much attention iOS and Android receive from developers.
However if Microsoft’s app store continues to grow at its current momentum of 3,000 new apps every month, we could witness Windows Phone 7 stealing the bronze away from Blackberry in about 6 months (if not sooner).
With iOS and Android app stores widening their respective leads and Microsoft attempting to sprint ahead of them from behind, RIM’s only hope for relevancy may lie with Android Market (a decision that could starve out their native app store).