Total App Count – RTM Archive
[Data per 2012-08-17]
Current Total App Count in Windows 8 RTM Store = 500
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So here we at RTM, and a bit disappointed that the Big-bang promised with GA for the store turned out to be a trickle actually for now. The last time, I reported 400 apps at lockdown of the Store for the RTM. I was expecting to see the big guns with this RTM release of the Store, but still we are missing the big name Apps; the apps that I personally know some MS users already have running on their devices. I was hoping to see the likes of IMDB and Netflix apps, but they are not yet released to the public. I can only come to the conclusion that MS is still holding these apps to the chest for the Big-bang at GA in October. Seems logical in this case.
Not to despair though, we still have some candy bars in the store with this RTM. Even while writing this a few apps dropped into the store to reach the figure of 483 apps. I will list a few of these RTM Apps below after the break.
The New Store sports a light-gray tint as you can see, I have included the old store picture here atop for comparison. So, is Microsoft taking a cue from Apple and going the gray route? As you can also see in the graph above, the biggest delta to the RTM store are the games. I will not mention games here as games are subjective, you can peruse them in the store to your satisfaction. Of note are apps that were pulled and not available with RTM. I am talking of apps like Discourse my personal favorite feed reader and Cut the Rope. They may be having RTM issues, or they are being updated as paid apps. We’ll see down the road.
For me personally the biggest surprise is the number of Desktop Apps that debuted with RTM. The store has seen an influx desktop apps, I can already count 10 completely new Desktop apps from the screen above alone and there are others! Many are known and most are absolutely unknown to me. Hopefully some of you guys will appreciate these Desktop apps. It is interesting to note that some of these Desktop Apps are categorized as Free and Paid apps. So you can now find free or paid Desktop apps too. Maybe my biggest surprise is with the Teamviewer Desktop App shown in the middle. This is an app I use a lot in my daily life for remote-desktop support for friends and family as well as at work. I was jealous when Splashtop released for Windows8, I was expecting something similar from Teamviewer, they only debuted as Desktop app. Bummer.
Notable Apps after RTM:
The following are the notable Apps that debuted since RTM lockdown, for apps before lockdown, please see other apps mentioned in this site (Click on their bitmap for download link):
Kaspersky Now App: Congrats to Kaspersky Lab for being the first real Security Software app in the store. Please not that this is just a Metro (yes I used the M-word, and I’ll keep using it if you don’t mind) front-end to their Desktop Suite. Price: Free
Of course there are other notable apps, but I don’t want to make this post too long. Please review my Windows 8 Apps section from time to time to catch-up on my discoveries.
We missed a lot of Microsoft Apps during the Release Preview timeframe. Microsoft promised they are coming down the pipe. Now they are in the store as you can see. Solitaire, Minesweeper, Mahjong and Pinball FX2 have returned to the Store. You will find all these apps in the Games tile on your Start Screen. Of course XBox Store news will not be complete without the mention of XBox SmartGlass (What a beautiful name. Thanks MS for killing Metro). There has been enough news about this app, but now you can actually use it to control your media and game universe. With this Microsoft made good on its promise of “One App to rule them All” release.
As you can see, Paid Apps are a joke at the moment, I won’t even bother to mention any of them as I am short for time at the moment, but from my analysis, most of these apps are just wannabees. There are even free apps that are better than some of them. I think MS need to put its feet down on this are. We don’t mind to pay for apps but please spare us the time of going through these junk. I am specifically referring to the Metro Apps in this case, the likes of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom above is above reprieve of course.
Well that is my report for now. I will cover some of these Apps in detail later on. My apologies for getting this out so late. My ISP thoroughly messed me up today. They’ve been offline for best part of the day.
Again I haven’t had time to tally the Localized and Accessibility data. I intend to find time and update this page so that we have a picture of RTM localization and Accessibility. Please check back later in the week.
All data and Information provided in this report is provided AS-IS! It does not warrant any commitment neither from me nor from Microsoft. The data is tallied from the information Microsoft made visible to the outside world, and is subject to change at any time. Applications are constantly being submitted and pulled from Store, which means the data you see here may not be current at any time. Errors in this report are mine and not Microsoft’s and does not constitute a binding agreement.