Windows Phone has officially reached 30,000 apps in its marketplace, according to a Microsoft blog.
Dropping the news yesterday in the Windows Phone developer blog, Todd Brix, senior director of Windows Phone Marketplace, added that the "nearly 30,000 Windows Phone app and game titles available today will also run on Mango."
The first major upgrade to Windows Phone,was . An official release is being eyed for this fall.
Since its debut toward the end of last year, the Windows Phone Marketplace has seen steady growth in the number of apps, reaching 11,500 in March andbefore hitting its latest milestone. Of course, Microsoft's numbers still pale in comparison with Apple's App Store, which has based on certain estimates, and Google's Android Market, which holds around 250,000 apps.
But for an app store less than a year old, 30,000 isn't bad.
Last December, an IDC analyst forecast thatthis year behind Apple's App Store and the Android Market.
Microsoft may have bested RIM's BlackBerry World, which held, but is likely still behind Nokia's Ovi Store, which had shot up to . Of course, Nokia's partnership with Microsoft to produce Windows Phone handsets will eventually see a .
And in its public statements, Microsoft has conveyed less concern about the hard numbers and more about the apps themselves. In a Windows Phone Developer blog published in March, the company's Brandon Watson said thatand stressed that the app count doesn't include "lite apps" and doesn't "double and triple count apps which are submitted in multiple languages."