Microsoft's Windows Store has hit the 100,000-app milestone, but it's still playing catch-up with Google and Apple when it comes to overall numbers.
A Windows Store app is a new type of application that only runs on Windows 8 devices. "Thanks for a great \\build! Just passed 100k apps in the Windows Store", Microsoft said via its Windows App Builders Twitter account.
The emphasis on Windows Store as a way of delivering software to Windows 8 devices is part of Microsoft's evolution into a devices and services company. Since the runaway success of iPhone and iPad apps, any device is only as good as the app ecosystem that surrounds it.
The Surface RT can only use apps from the Windows Store, for example, as it can't load existing desktop Windows applications.
Unlike traditional desktop apps, a Windows Store app has a single, chromeless window that fills the entire screen. Once downloaded, Windows Store apps appear as a tile on the Windows 8 Start screen, which means they can show new information to users even when they aren't running.
But Microsoft is still playing catch-up when it comes to building an app-based ecosystem around its hardware. Microsoft also claims to have more than 160,000 apps and games in its Windows Phone store, but these numbers are dwarfed by the approximately 700,000 apps that Google has in its Play store, while Apple has around 850,000 iPhone apps and 350,000 iPad apps available.