WP7 now has as many apps that took Android five months to reach.
A report by research firm IDC pointed out that the Windows Phone 7 marketplace grew faster than Android at launch. Microsoft’s new mobile platform has about 4,000 applications, a feat that took Android five months to achieve.
If you think about it, it’s not at all surprising. Established app makers that have their seeds in Android and iOS are probably looking to expand its reach by porting and adding on to the new platform quickly. Also, the WP7 platform uses a very familiar programming language that most developers shouldn’t have problem work in. For Android, developers had to learn new libraries and constructs in Java to produce a proper working app.
Despite the facts, this is an incredible achievement for Microsoft. If the success rate keeps up, Windows Phone 7 could find itself among the top three largest mobile app market by sometime next year.