Windows 8 will be unleashed on the general public tomorrow and I thought it would be a good time to review some of the numbers I have been tracking over the last month.
Downloads of Windows 8 Apps have been steadily increasing over the last month. Below is screenshot from the App Summary page for my Windows 8 app. The blue line is my app, while the orange line is average for the top 5 apps in that subcategory. Considering the large gap between the 2, I think it is safe to assume that my app is NOT in the top 5 in the subcategory.
The spike in the last couple of days is fairly dramatic and I am a little surprised by that. I would have expected that kind of spike on the days following the official release as opposed to the days leading up to the release.
Finally, the all important App count. There have been some stories floating around that the Window 8 Store is a ghost town and that there are no apps available. I think these might be exaggerating the situation a little. As of this morning, in the US store there are over 5000 apps available for download.
Obviously a far cry from the hundreds of thousands available in other app stores, but we are seeing solid growth in this number. Less than a month ago, that number was 2000. That means the store more than doubled in less than a month. If the growth continues, it won’t be long before the Widows 8 Store is filled with all the apps you need (and a whole lot you don’t need).