Microsoft claims that 75,000 new apps were added to the Windows Phone Store in 2012, meaning Nokia Lumia 920 and HTC 8X owners had access to a much wider selection of games and tools.
Although not yet matching dominating operating systems Google Android and Apple iOS, which give users access to over 700,000 apps, the range for Microsoft customers is ever-expanding.
The Facebook social networking tool currently dominates the top free chart, followed closely by VoIP app Skype and YouTube.
Customers looking to monitor usage and avoid bill shock have pushed TelstraTracker, which costs $1.49, to the top of the paid apps chart.
TripView Sydney is currently the best-rated download, as 162 users have given the travel information tool an average five-star review.
For just $2.99, Windows Phone owners in the major Australian city can access train, bus and ferry timetables and get to their destination with ease.
Gym PocketGuide has also climbed the chart, perhaps as the imminent New Year has urged mobile phone users to get fit.
Posted by Claire Marshall