Microsoft has plans of adding over as much as 1000 applications to the marketplace before the Windows Phone 7 Europe Launch which is expected to take place on October 21. Microsoft is urging the developers to submit their apps early to the new App Hub.
This step is being taken by Microsoft as during the US launch, the Windows Phone 7 marketplace just had 80 applications which happens to be just a fraction of smaller stores like BlackBerry App World or the webOS App Catalog.
However Microsoft has already promised financial support for some of the developers to port or write new apps for the Windows Phone 7 platform. The App market currently has the following featured apps on it's homepage: The official Twitter app for Windows Phone 7, IMDb and eBay apps and a few games like The Tetris, The Harvest and Rocket Riot. We were however surprised at the absence of a Facebook app for Windows Phone 7 in the featured app listing. via Electronista
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