Microsoft has announced, via a developer-focused Twitter account, that it has reached the 100k app milestone in the Windows 8 app store, reports The Verge. Microsoft announced the Windows 8 store, which would distribute applications to its users much in the way of Apple’s Mac App Store.

This milestone puts Microsoft ahead of the pacing of the Windows Phone store, which took a year and a half to get to the same spot. Apple’s Mac App Store, by comparison, was launched 2.5 years ago and is estimated at around 15k apps. The Windows Store (theoretically) passed the Mac App Store some time before November of 2012.

Obviously, this stat going out to developers is both a congratulatory and encouraging move on Microsoft’s part. In this age of laterally integrated systems, having a robust developer community is more important than ever before. Especially as Microsoft has recently made moves to unify the code base necessary for apps to be made available on Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 and the Xbox One, allowing developers to sell their wares across all of the stores with minimal effort.

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