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Windows 8 Store passes 20,000 app mark

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The number of apps in the Windows Store in Windows 8 has passed the 20,000 mark. There was no definite word on when this took place, though Wes Miller of Win App Update, which keeps track of the Windows Store, said it occurred sometime last Tuesday. According to Miller, the majority of these apps--or nearly 18,000 of them--are free.

In all, the numbers don't look too bad when the performance of the Windows Store is compared against that of the Mac App Store. According to PCWorld, only 10,000 apps were added from January 2011 to April 2012 on the Mac App Store, which makes the addition of 10,000 apps in less than a month, or since the general availability of Windows 8, rather impressive.

On the other hand, Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) has previously indicated that it is aiming for 100,000 Windows 8 apps within 90 days of launch, a number that was met with skepticism when it was announced. Even at the 20,000 mark, this still leaves a huge gap of 80,000 apps needed to meet Microsoft's target by the end of January 2013.

To be clear, the above numbers pertain to apps on a global basis. Given that not all software is available in all regions, the breakdown works out to just 13,000 of them available in the U.S., 14,000 in Canada, and 11,000 in the U.K.

Windows unit president Steven Sinofsky abruptly left Microsoft just weeks after the launch of Windows 8. His departure has been attributed to internal tension and the lackluster pace of growth at the Windows Store.

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