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Report: Windows Store Hits 20K Apps

A report from WinAppUpdate.com, a site that monitors the Windows Store, indicates that last Tuesday the Windows Store hit the 20,000 app mile marker and is rising quickly. According to their data as of Thursday the total number of Windows 8 apps in the store was at 20,610 apps worldwide.

Additionally, WinAppUpdate notes that most of the apps in the Windows Store are free too. The data shows that of the over 20,000 apps, 87 percent of the apps in the store (17,958) are free to download. It’s also worth noting that the app data is made up of apps that take advantage of the new Modern UI otherwise known as Metro UI and that it does not include regular desktop apps in its calculations.

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Study: Most App Developers Make Less Than $500/Month

A recent study conducted by GigaOM has shown that of the app developers surveyed, more than 50% of the respondents say they make less than $500/month from their paid apps (see graph below). Is this a surprise? Not so much, as we all know it’s tough to succeed in the App Store. If anything these numbers indicate that app development for most developers isn’t a full-time job.

In fact, according to the study, approximately 75% of 352 respondents also have another job or do app development only as a portion of their main job. What about developers who rely on in-app advertising to generate revenues? Over 30% of those developers make less than $100 a month in ad revenue. However, when it comes to the high end of the spectrum, approximately 5% of app developers in the survey make over $20,000/month.

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