Windows Phone Marketplace continues to pick up steam, with the catalog now offering more than 40,000 applications. With a new portfolio of Windows Phone 7.5 Mango handsets released in the past few weeks and the Nokia phones coming to the US in 2012, the platform is poised to move from it’s current position in the marketplace. One thing is certain, developers are committed to the platform and the developer relations team at Microsoft headed by Brandon Watson are doing one helluva job in driving developers to Windows Phone.
The current leading platforms boast higher numbers, with iOS at over 500,000 and Android reaching over 300,000. If the chart continues on the current path, it certainly seems plausible that Microsoft could double it’s current numbers by the end of next year, putting the burgeoning OS on pace for 100,000 apps by the end of 2012. The movement should be helped by new hardware, including the Lumia 710 and Lumia 800, coupled with the expanded Nokia Windows Phone product line that is expected.