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Breaks out the ol' "quality over quantity" argument

Microsoft isn't too happy about the way its competitors Apple and Google tally the number of available apps for their respective platforms, Information Week reports.

In a blog post, Windows Phone Director Brandon Watson accused the companies of conflating their app numbers by including questionable items in their counts. "What is an app? It's a question that really begs some scrutinizing," wrote Watson.

He claimed that there are now more than 11,500 apps available for the burgeoning Windows Phone 7 OS. "For us, from the beginning, we have always been focused on quality over quantity. We recognize the importance of getting great apps on our platform and not artificially inflating the number of actual apps available to customers by listing 'wallpapers' as a category, or perhaps allowing a competitor's apps to run on the platform to increase 'tonnage,'" he wrote.

The report by Information Week claims that the figure pales in comparison to Apple's 350,000 available apps and Android's 30,000. (Note: The Android figure is either a typo or a misreport. Android's market exceeded 100,000 apps six months ago.)

Either way, Microsoft isn't buying it. "We also don't believe in the practice of counting 'lite' apps as unique quality content. In reality they only exist because developers can't have a trial API and must therefore do extra work. Finally, we don't double and triple count apps which are submitted in multiple languages," wrote Watson.

Watson also boasted about the number of developers that WP7 has garnered (36,000 have registered), but made no mention of Microsoft's declining mobile market share

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Is it just me...
By zozzlhandler on 4/5/2011 10:37:25 AM , Rating: 2
... or is everyone getting tired of Microsoft's hypocritical announcements and pronouncements? Stuff Microsoft would hesitate to do is somehow wrong when others do it.

Microsoft, if you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.

RE: Is it just me...
By troysavary on 4/5/2011 10:49:58 AM , Rating: 2
In this case, Microsoft has a valid point. A large percentage of the iPhone "apps" are just iPhone specific versions of webpages that will not display on the iDevices because of lack of Flash.

RE: Is it just me...
By Iaiken on 4/5/2011 11:08:16 AM , Rating: 3
Don't forget the hundreds of thousands of "apps" that simply change your ringtone or backgrounds. If MS counted these as Apps on their store, they would already be at 200,000+ "apps".

This is something I have been on both Google and Apple about because actual apps can be hard to find unless you look for them by name. Generic searches are often swamped by webpages, wallpapers and ringtones.

RE: Is it just me...
By nafhan on 4/5/2011 1:30:16 PM , Rating: 2
This is marketing drivel. MS, Apple, Google - they all do it, and Apple and Google's statements in regards to apps generally aren't any more meaningful.

MS is trying to make their strengths sound more important than they really are and their weaknesses seem less important. Again, same thing any other company will do when discussing their products. Seriously, what do you expect them to say? "We suck, we quit." That would be funny, but not something a company who's still trying to compete would do.

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