News by Luke Jones on Sunday August 10, 2014.
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Windows Phone's rise has been solid since Microsoft launched version 8 of the platform. Sure, in the face of Android and iOS the Windows Phone platform is still tiny and struggling to compete, but its market share has grown and the operating system itself has grown into a viable alternative to its juggernaut rivals.One of the reasons many people stayed away from Windows Phone was because of a lack of apps. When the Windows Store opened it was extremely limited, with a huge amount of big name apps missing and unavailable. Microsoft has been addressing this issue since and more and more apps have been arriving on the store, and it seems the problem has been addressed even more over the last year. Microsoft has revealed that the Windows Store now has over 300,000 applications, a huge hike in a short period of time. In December 2013 the platform had 200,000 while a year ago it had under 150,000, so it is clear to see the growth is happening at a rapid pace. While both iOS and Android have over 1 million apps, the amount now on the Windows Store means most people will find what their looking for and almost all the major apps are now on the platform. The platform has also gained 50% more developers over the last year, meaning a bunch of first time apps will still be heading to Windows Phone. Of course, the Store still has a long way to go, with a number of big games for example still missing, but it is clear that the reasons for jumping to Windows Phone are decreasing. source: Engadget
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