It has taken two months for the Windows Phone 7 marketplace to hit the landmark of 4,000 applications, a feat which took Android five months. Al Hilwa, an analyst with research firm IDC said:
The Windows Phone 7 Marketplace reaching 4,000 apps two months after launch has to be one of the most rapid ramp-ups in recent times, reaching this milestone faster than Android, which took from October 2008 to March 2009 to reach about the same level.
We can say that for a company that just a few months ago was an also-ran in mobile, having 10 smartphones released in 30 countries is not a trivial achievement. I would not be surprised if Microsoft had the third largest app portfolio in the industry by the middle of next year.
Oooh…beating out RIM, Nokia and Palm? That’d be hard! As Engadget rightly points out, this doesn’t mean an awful lot, especially since Microsoft is notoriously developer friendly. What use are thousands of apps, if there aren’t hundreds of thousands of phones to send them to?