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Windows Phone 7 crosses 40,000 apps

The growing number of apps shows that developers are considering Windows Phone as important to cater to as iOS and Android

Windows Phone 7 crosses 40,000 apps
The Windows Phone 7 marketplace is catching up to its rivals really quickly

Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 (WP7) now has more than 40,000 apps and games in its Marketplace.

Although the smartphone OS has not been adopted as avidly by users compared to iOS and Android, there are hints that 2012 may bring about a change in that balance

Windows Phone 7 phones will feature more cost effective hardware options, 4G LTE and NFC. Independent research firm IDC has predicted that the WP7 platform will be the No. 2 overall smartphone platform in the world by 2015. There is no doubt that Nokia plays a crucial role in this smartphone war, and with the svelte Lumia 800 and 710 it is clear the company is forging forward with full steam.

Apple's App store has in excess of 500,000 apps, while Android Market currently sports 300,000 apps. WP7's 40,000 mark may seem miniscule when compared to these numbers, however it is very impressive that the platform was able to reach these numbers in only one-year since release.

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