Despite all the stick Windows 8 is getting, there is no doubt the Windows ecosystem is much, much larger than the Windows Phone one, and it seems developer interest is correspondingly increased also.
The Windows developer twitter account has just announced that the Windows Store has passed the 100,000 app mile stone in 7 months, more twice as fast as the 18 months it took the Windows Phone store to reach the same mark.
Even when compared against the iPad the feat is impressive. That device took 14 months to reach the mark, while the Mac app store still languishes on only 15,000 apps 30 months after its own launch.
Windows 8 has just passed the 5.1% share of the 1.3 billion PCs in use world-wide, according to NetApplications, which translates into more than 66 million PCs running Windows 8 at present, with at least 40% running a Metro app once per day. This is likely double the number of Windows Phones in use.
We believe Microsoft is working to unify the Windows Phone and Windows 8 store, and it seems, when this eventually happens, Windows Phone may actually and unexpectedly, be the biggest beneficiary.