Windows 8: 100,000 Apps, Still Plenty of Gaps


Kudos to Microsoft for hitting a big milestone with Windows 8: The number of “Metro” apps (for lack of a better term) in the Windows Store now exceeds 100,000.

It’s an impressive feat for the touch-friendly side of Windows, even when compared with Apple’s iPad. While the total number of Windows Store apps is nowhere close to the 375,000 iPad apps in Apple’s App Store, Microsoft is coming out of the gate faster. It took Apple 16 months to hit the 100,000 tablet apps milestone. Microsoft got there in less than a year.

Still, I wanted to look a bit deeper than just app quantity, so I put together some charts showing how many of Apple’s all-time most popular free and paid iPad apps–as of May 2013–are currently available in the Windows Store, and how much they cost. This isn’t going to be a definitive comparison…

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