App Store vs. Play Store vs. Windows Store: The Facts

Are you a frequent user of apps who’s thinking about buying a tablet? While the quality of the associated app store certainly shouldn’t be your most heavily considered factor when deciding whether to go with an IOS, Android, or Windows-based tablet, it is worth thinking about.

Here are a few key facts about the App Store (IOS), the Play Store (Android) and the Windows Store (Windows):

Apps available in the App Store are more likely to be able to run as expected no matter which IOS-running tablet you’re using. Because there are fewer Apple devices available, developers have an easier time ensuring their apps function normally across all of them.

Because there’s such a wide selection of tablets running Android, you may find certain apps just aren’t compatible with your device. This can be disappointing, especially if you’ve spent money on an app only to discover it’s buggy on your device.

As of October 2013, the App Store contained approximately 1,000,000 apps, with 475,000 of those apps being native to the iPad. Google announced in July 2013 that the Play Store had reached 1,000,000 apps. Both of those numbers are growing every day, so suffice it to say that each store has a ton of apps available for download.

The selection of apps in the Windows Store, on the other hand, is generally considered to be the most lacking of the three stores. This isn’t about hard numbers necessarily, (although the Windows Store did just cross the 200,000 app threshold in December 2013) but about the fact that some of the most popular apps are missing from the Windows Store or are only available as third-party apps.

On the plus side, apps you can download for your Windows tablet can also be downloaded for your other Windows 8 devices.