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June 19, 2013 at 8:19 AM

Microsoft touts new Windows 8 apps, momentum, heading into Build

Music video platform Vevo is one of the new apps for Windows 8 that Microsoft is touting. (Photo from Microsoft)

Music video platform Vevo is one of the new apps for Windows 8 that Microsoft is touting. (Photo from Microsoft)

Although there are millions of Windows apps and hundreds of thousands of Windows 7 apps, the number of apps optimized for Windows 8 is significantly smaller.

But heading into next week’s Build, Microsoft’s annual conference for third-party developers, the company is touting the momentum of the number of apps it’s adding to the Windows Store. (This Windows Store, by the way, refers to the app store for Windows 8 and Windows RT, not the Windows Store that will be mini-stores within Best Buy. Got that?)

Recently, the company said the number of apps in the Windows Store grew from 70,000 to 80,000 in just three weeks.

Today, the company added to that roster some popular names including social DJ-ing app edjing, UK recipe site Great British Chefs, travel and events guide Time Out, music video platform Vevo, and social video service Vyclone. It also said Disney’s physics puzzle game Where’s My Mickey would be coming soon.

Judging from the comments to the official blog post announcing the new apps, though, it seems Windows 8/Windows RT users are pining for some big names that still haven’t created official Windows 8 apps: Facebook, LinkedIn, Pandora.

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