Windows Phone 7 in just 8 months after its launch, has hit the 25,000 applications milestone --WindowsPhoneApplist is currently sporting 25,018 applications in its Marketplace tracker, and is reporting 1,947 new applications in the last two weeks with 6,979 approved developers.
In April the Marketplace surpassed 15,000 apps, up from 12,000 apps in March. This means in two months, the Marketplace has grown by 10,000 apps, and as WP7applist reports, that "262 apps were added to the Marketplace in the last 24 hours with 186 apps getting updated each day on average."
The Windows Phone Marketplace is steadly growing.
When compared to other platforms: Apple's App Store in the first 8 months hit the 25,000 app mark, after which it exponentially increased at around 10,000 apps per month. On the other hand, Android Market took over a year to reach the 25,000 app milestone. Currently the App Store and Android Market have over 525,000 and 400,000 apps respectively (including inactive apps).
In a news releated to WP7 Market Intelligence Centre (MIC) foresee Android to have a 40% dominance, followed by iOS' 19% and Windows Phone with 17% next year.
The MIC also predicts that "HTC would become the fourth largest smartphone brand globally, shifting RIM (owner of the BlackBerry brand) out of the top four. Given HTC's involvement with the Android platform, it's no surprise that the MIC also predict Android to keep on growing with an estimated share next year of 40%, two percent more than this year. One interesting prediction however, is that Apple's iOS will grow only by 1% over the next 12 months, highlighting the slower growth than their other competitors."