According to third-party Windows Phone 7 Marketplace monitor WP7applist, Microsoft’s mobile application store is now home to over 4,000 applications. The site, which provides a Web-based interface for searching and browsing Windows Phone 7 apps, shows a current app total of 4,005. Microsoft announced on November 25th that its mobile app market was home to 3,000 apps, so the 4,000-app milestone comes 20 days later. The pace has slowed slightly compared to Microsoft’s jump from 2,000 apps to 3,000, which took just 17 days, but the rate new apps are hitting the Marketplace is still impressive. At its current pace, the number of apps in the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace will surpass the Palm App Catalog some time in the first quarter next year. Palm’s App Catalog launched in June of 2009, and currently offers approximately 5,800 apps.

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Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.