Windows Phones Developer Ecosystem Growing

Microsoft released some new Windows Phone numbers a year after the new OS was first previewed to the public. Here are some of them: 

  • 1.5 million developer tools have been downloaded 
  • 36,000 developers in the Windows Phone developer community; MSFT says 1,200 are being added each week.
  • 11,500 total apps, of which 7,500 are paid apps. The company claims its "ecosystem generated 10,000 apps faster than anyone else, without padding the stats."
  • Windows Phone customers download an average of 12 apps each month.

IDC predicted, probably inaccurately, that Windows Phone would surpass the iPhone in terms of global market share by 2015. While 2015 is a long time away and anything could happen, the prediction is based on the assumption that the Nokia relationship will propel Microsoft's OS. Nokia and Microsoft would certainly be happy if that happened.

It's still not entirely clear how many Windows Phones have been sold to the public. The OS seems to be doing better in Europe than the US. In the US market Microsoft continues to lose share: 

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There are claims that Microsoft has sold roughly 3 million Windows Phones since launch. Microsoft said in January that it sold 2 million handsets. However these numbers refer to shipments and not necessarily to consumer purchases.