At present Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 platform has 40,000+ apps as well as games in its Marketplace it has been revealed.
Even though there is a long way for Microsoft's smartphone operating system to travel as compared to Android or iOS, year 2012 seems very bright and hopeful for this platform as its phones will have less-expensive hardware options, NFC and 4G LTE capabilities. According to All About Windows Phone (opens in new tab), Microsoft would hit the 50,000 apps mark by mid-January next year.
As a matter of fact many research firms like Gartner and also IDC predicted that the Windows Phone 7 platform will be able to secure no. 2 spot in smartphone platform globally by 2015.
One influential factor in this growth will be Nokia. Nokia has decided to launch smartphone in this comparatively new platform. Recently, they launched Lumia 800 and 710 smartphones with Windows Phone 7 operating system.
As present Apple's App Store is having more than 500,000 apps and on the other hand Google's Android Market has 300,000+ apps. As a number even though 40,000 seems less but for a product that is just a year old, this number is quite impressive.