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Windows Store

After five months on the market, Microsoft’s Windows Store has surpassed 50,000 apps, according to MetroStore Scanner. The number of apps available is an indication of developer support, and it shows that the overall ecosystem is in a healthy state.

If you remember when the Apple iTunes App Store surpassed 50,000, the mark generated a lot of excitement about the platform’s viability. Now, iOS has more than 821,438 active apps available. Of course, it would be nice to know how many of the Microsoft apps have actual downloads. Apple’s downloads have surpassed 10 billion.

Still, Microsoft is on its way to offering a third viable choice to Apple and the Google Play store. The timing of the milestone is nice, as Microsoft will be among the many companies pitching 23,000 attendees at next week’s Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.

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