146,813 total apps in the Windows Store and the top Windows 8.1 apps as of March 2nd

145,575 total apps in the Windows Store and the top Windows 8.1 apps as of Jan 26th

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.

As of March 2nd, there are 146,813 apps in the Windows Store. Interestingly enough, the Windows Store has seen a slow influx of new apps being added on a weekly basis. It seems that the Windows Store is having a hard time reaching the 150,000 app milestone. To put things in perspective, we reported that there were 145,575 total apps in the Windows Store back in late-January.

Earlier this week, Microsoft revealed that in-app purchases account for the main revenue source for monetizing apps, especially games. In fact, Games was the top category with over 40% of downloads during the month of January.

There were quite a few app updates this week as well, including the Mail, Calendar and People apps, as well as the official Facebook app. Microsoft has also been working on a new app for those of you on Windows 8.1 and Windows RT - called Microsoft Jigsaw. This app made its debut to the Windows Store only to be pulled immediately. Perhaps the app was prematurely given the green light to go live and may be available for download in the near future.

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:

Facebook continues to dominate the charts in the top-free list, while a "Flappy Birds" game has made it onto the list as well. This should come as no surprise as there are numerous "Flappy Birds" style games in the Windows Store, all with similar names too, in an attempt to emulate the popular experience made famous on the Windows Phone platform. In fact, "Flappy Turds" is currently on the top five paid apps list.

Stay tuned for next week's Windows Store highlight!

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