No self-respecting mobile platform lacks an app store, and Windows Phone is no exception. An iPhone has the App Store, and Windows Phone has the Windows Store.
Apps are categorised in various ways, including the usual featured and top-selling collections. You can see a selection below.
The store tries to suggest apps based on what you’ve already downloaded too.
One interesting thing is that some big-name apps are listed as being by Microsoft; this is because Microsoft is trying to boot-strap the Windows Store by creating apps for third-party services itself, until official versions exist.
Ratings are displayed prominently, before even the details view for an app.
App details include download size, change notes, and publisher information.
There’s also a list of all apps you’ve previous downloaded, and a tab of active downloads.
The Windows Store has a complete web interface, too, which knows about your devices via your Microsoft account. You can browse apps on the web, check compatibility, and even remotely install an app on your phone via the web.
Unlike on iOS, there are also trial versions of apps, which can be similarly installed on your phone from the device itself or from the web. Trial limitations are up to the developer. A common style is a time limit of 14 days.
I’ve download various apps, including social media, Amazon shopping and Kindle, PDF readers, PayPal and eBay, Instagram, and such. Here are a few more.
There’s a Files app which lets you access the device’s entire filesystem, organising and making folders as you like. Many iPhone users have hoped for something like this in a future iOS version.
The official Twitter app is simplistic, but many third-party options exist.
Last but certainly not least, there’s an up-to-date Dropbox client app, which is essential for me.
The Windows Store certainly has far fewer apps and games than either the iOS App Store or the Google Play Store on Android, but in terms of the apps I use every day, I actually didn’t find many notable omissions.