137,532 total apps in the Windows Store and the top Windows 8.1 apps as of Dec 15th

137,532 total apps in the Windows Store and the top Windows 8.1 apps as of Dec 15th

As of December 15th, there are 137,532 apps in the Windows Store, an increase of 4,251 apps in just one week. This past week saw a huge increase in apps being published into the Windows Store.

Let's dive in and take a look at the most popular Windows 8.1 and Windows RT apps available in the Windows Store. We will go over some stats for the Windows Store, including the top five paid apps and top five free apps. This is yet another post in our feature called "Windows Store Sunday" where we highlight what's going on with the Windows Store.

Facebook, one again, remains the top free app in the Windows Store while Fruit Ninja once again snags the top spot in the paid category. You can see a complete list of the top free and top paid apps at the bottom of this post. First, lets recap this week's Windows Store news.

The official Geico Insurance app received an update this past week, adding support for customers with multiple policies. Gameloft's Despicable Me Minion Rush, Doodle God, Pandora Win 8, Windows Alarms, and OneNote for Windows 8.1 all received minor updates fixing bugs and improving app performance.

Have a Slingbox 500, Slingbox 350, Slingbox PRO-HD, or Slingbox SOLO? Now there's an app for that! The official SlingPlayer app launched this week for Windows 8.1.

Microsoft also launched its 12 Red Stripe Deals for Windows 8.1 this past week, which includes huge discounts on many popular Windows Store apps. For example, Rayman Jungle Run has been discounted by 50%, bringing the price down to $1.49. NextGen Reader, another popular app, has also received a 50% discount, bringing the price down to $1.49.

Looking for a new Twitter client for Windows 8.1? Check out Tweetium, which was just released this week. This app is a beautiful and slick Twitter client that helps you get the most out of the service and is designed around feedback from those who actually use Twitter.

How about a cool app for both Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8 that lets you quickly and easily share photos and files between your device? Check out Phriz.be, which lets you achieve just that in a nice interface! The app is also free for both platforms.

Microsoft revealed some stats this past week about the Windows Store. In fact, for the period between August 1st and October 31st, the games category in the Windows Store was the top category, trending at just over 30-percent. The entertainment category had just over 10 percent.

And now, lets take a look at the top five free apps in the United States based on popularity:

Here are the top five paid apps currently in the Windows Store:

Stay tuned for next week's Windows Store highlight!