Every now and then I go back and check several websites that list all apps found on the Windows Phone Marketplace… I am glad to report that the Marketplace has now passed the 6000 app mark. This places the Windows Phone Marketplace over 1000 apps higher than the Palm App Catalog in 5th place and just third when measuring growth (new apps per day) behind the 2 heavy hitters: Apple App Store and Android Market.
This places Microsoft in a very particular and unique position. It clearly shows they have the right approach at third part application development. Their approach is clearly correct in trying to leverage their existing development community. There are a number of clear opportunities for all developers that jump into this development environment. Additionally a large number of developers that have tried the development tools from Apple, Android and Microsoft all agree that the best and easiest tools are the ones provided by Microsoft, making this an even more attractive scenario for existing developers on MS technologies.
Here is a quick chart showing the numbers for actual counts and average daily count growth. Click on it to see the details.