Windows Phone may not have enjoyed the uptake that Microsoft had hoped but with the positive reception of the Nokia Lumia 800 handset and news that the App Marketplace now boasts a respectable 40,000 apps the new OS looks ready for a breakout.
The All About Windows Phone blog claims that the platform now has 40,189 applications ready for download, which is still around one tenth of what the Android platform offers and remains dwarfed by the App Store's half-a-million titles.
However, the new figure represents progress for the platform, which is preparing for a pre-Christmas marketing blitz based around its new Windows Phone 7.5 update (which brought over 250 new features) and the new Nokia handsets.
Recently, Windows Phones have been picking up more of the big name apps with the arrival of Spotify the most lucrative addition to the platform in recent weeks.
The App Marketplace is expected to pass the 50,000 landmark in January