In This Area, Microsoft Is 3 Times Better Than Apple

Microsoft's (NASDAQ: MSFT  ) Windows Store is now home to more than 50,000 apps, according to OS tracker MetroStore Scanner. By contrast, AppShopper puts Apple's (NASDAQ: AAPL  ) Mac App Store count at just over 14,000.

Developers write code for PCs three times more often than they do for Macs. So much for the death of the PC, eh?

To be fair, while the comparison is interesting, it might also be meaningless: AppShopper also found more than 1 million iOS apps for the iPhone and iPad. Mr. Softy's Windows Store also includes Windows RT apps designed for the Surface tablet, which hasn't sold well despite initial enthusiasm.

Cash might also be driving development. Microsoft is in the midst of a promotion whereby every app submitted to the Windows Store, or the Windows Phone Store, earns an extra $100 -- as much as $2,000 in total consideration per developer.

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