Windows App Growth Faster Than Android

All About Windows Phone, which tracks Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows Phone app submissions, says the Windows Marketplace has seen more than 50,000 apps published to it — 50,126, to be exact.

Notably, Windows Phone reached that 50,000 app milestone in 14 months, faster than Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android, Symbian, or Research in Motion (NASDAQ:RIMM) BlackBerry — but slower than Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS, which hit that mark in about a year.

While taking over a year to reach 40,000 apps, the platform clearly put on steam taking just 40 days for the next 10,000.

That bodes well for Windows Phone in 2012. Of course, if it ever hopes to match its rivals in the space, it needs to drive growth still higher. While 50,000 apps is a noteworthy milestone, compared to the App Store’s 600,000 and Android Market’s 500,000, it is still a paucity.

Here’s how these app makers’ stocks traded today:

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT): MSFT shares recently traded at $25.80, down $0.24, or 0.92%. They have traded in a 52-week range of $23.65 to $29.46. Volume today was 21,595,281 shares versus a 3-month average volume of 53,490,200 shares. The company’s trailing P/E is 9.38, while trailing earnings are $2.75 per share.

Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG): GOOG shares recently traded at $639.39, down $0.86, or 0.13%. They have traded in a 52-week range of $473.02 to $644.49. Volume today was 1,755,730 shares versus a 3-month average volume of 3,094,800 shares. The company’s trailing P/E is 21.79, while trailing earnings are $29.34 per share.

Research In Motion Limited (NASDAQ:RIMM): RIMM shares recently traded at $14.29, down $0.58, or 3.9%. They have traded in a 52-week range of $12.45 to $70.54. Volume today was 19,191,071 shares versus a 3-month average volume of 22,952,800 shares. The company’s trailing P/E is 3.36, while trailing earnings are $4.25 per share.

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL): AAPL shares recently traded at $402.77, down $3.76, or 0.92%. They have traded in a 52-week range of $310.50 to $426.70. Volume today was 7,148,714 shares versus a 3-month average volume of 16,676,100 shares. The company’s trailing P/E is 14.55, while trailing earnings are $27.68 per share.

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