Windows Phone Marketplace has reached the 100,000 app milestone, an important benchmark for any smartphone operating system that wants to compete in today's market.
To be exact, developers have now published 100,145 apps in the Marketplace. The mark was reached in 20 months.
That means the Marketplace, which is adding more than 300 apps per day, reached the feat faster than the Android market, which did so in 24 months, but not quite as fast as Apple's App Store, which got there in 16 months.
Windows Phone still falls behind the App Store, which leads the way with 600,000 apps, and the Android Market, which has 500,000 apps. BlackBerry comes in fourth place with its App World, which has yet to reach the 100,000 mark after nearly 40 months.
And although more than 100,000 Windows Phone apps have been published, users of the phone can access only 88,371 of them because some of the apps published have also either been taken down by Microsoft or their developers.