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Windows Phone 7 close to 3,000 apps milestone and 15,000 developers

Windows Phone 7 close to 3,000 apps milestone and 15,000 developers

Microsoft has revealed that the total number of apps and games on the Windows Marketplace for its newly launched Windows Phone 7 operating system will be close to 3,000 in a few days.

Todd Brix of the WP7 developers’ blog, said: "We know that many Windows Phone developers have gone to great lengths to ensure that their apps and games are in Windows Phone Marketplace this holiday season as well.

"We're heading into one of the biggest shopping weeks of the year and we’re on pace to offer roughly 3,000 apps and games by the end of this week. Clearly we’re just getting warmed up."

Windows Phone 7 launched with 777 on its launch day. While the current size of the Marketplace is still massively eclipsed by the likes of Apple’s App Store and Google’s Android Market, with 15,000 registered developers working on new apps, that number is expected to grow exponentially over the next few months.

Microsoft has spent some $500 million for the launch of the platform and is desperate to make up for lost ground in a booming market. The momentum of the Windows Marketplace should give prospective buyers some hope that the future of the platform is not all doom and gloom as critics had predicted.

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