Microsoft gets into a Farm Frenzy as they pass the Windows Phone Marketplace 1st birthday

It's now been a year since Microsoft launched the Windows Phone Marketplace and they are going strong. There is a new deal of the week and a new Xbox LIVE game.

Distimo just released their latest publication that discusses the one year anniversary of the Windows Phone Marketplace. There are something like 40,000 apps in the Marketplace and Distimo's report states that the U.S. sees 101,000 free downloads and 20,000 paid downloads per day in the top 300 apps. The most popular category is games, of course, and this week sees Microsoft bringing a new game and a renewed deal.

Stats show that paid apps have grown over the last year with about 1,300 new apps each month. On average there are also 1,650 free apps released each month. Back in January when I wrote my first Windows Phone Wednesday article there were about 5,600 apps.

You can pick up Tetris again for $2.99, vs. the full retail price of $4.99. The new Xbox LIVE game this week is Farm Frenzy 2 for $2.99. I always skipped playing Farmville on Facebook, but I plan to buy Farm Frenzy 2 since it looks interesting and is reasonably priced.

I also read on that Microsoft is having an extended Xbox LIVE Black Friday sale on Sonic 4, Full House Poker, and Assassin's Creed so there are plenty of low cost game choices available for you on your new Windows Phone.