Microsoft Win Phone 7 Apps: Tech Bytes – TheStreet.com

NEW YORK (TheStreet) â€" Two months given the debut, Microsoft’s(MSFT) Windows Phone 7 height strike the latest miracle this week: It right divided facilities 5,000 apps in the marketplace.

While that’s good during the back of the 300,000 accessible for Apple’s(AAPL) iOs as well as the the little 200,000 upon Google’s(GOOG) Android, it does indicate that Microsoft, that additionally voiced this month that it has sole 1.5 million Windows Phone 7 phones so distant to retailers, has won await from developers, who primarily seemed wavering to deposit in the fledgling platform.

Microsoft shares were prosaic in pre-market trade during $ 27.85. On Thursday, Amazon(AMZN) proposed permitting Kindle readers to share e-books, in an try to stay forward in the fast-growing e-reader market. While the operate is free, usually name books have been accessible for lending; eligibility is up to publishers, Amazon noted. Rival Barnes & Noble’s(BKS) Nook already offers the service. Amazon shares were down 45 cents to $ 182.30 in pre-market trading. Research In Motion’s(RIMM) share cost is down some-more than 3.5% this week, expected the reply to researcher reports that pronounced the BlackBerry maker’s soon-to-launch tablet, the PlayBook, suffers from the short-life battery. RIM rebutted the claims, according to Reuters, observant that the battery hold up will be allied to that of the competing tablets. RIM’s shares were down twelve cents during $ 57.95 in pre-market trading. Web phone association Skype, that is scheming for the IPO, is assumingly confronting difficulties with the enlargement in to China. On Thursday, China’s supervision voiced that Internet-based phone calls administered by any alternative network alternative than China Telecom as well as China Unicom could be deemed illegal, according to mixed reports. The pierce would have Skype as well as alternative VoIP services criminialized from operate in China. The China headlines strike the same day that Skype voiced the further of video job to Apple’s iOS platform. Groupon has already lifted $ 500 million value of the programmed $ 950 million equity offering, according papers filed with the SEC. The internal daily-deal startup, that the couple of weeks ago walked divided from the reported $ 6 billion merger understanding with Google, hasn’t disclosed annual revenues, though reports have estimated sales of around $ 800 million. â€"Written by Maggie Overfelt in New York. >To follow the bard upon Twitter, go to http://twitter.com/maggieoverfelt. >To contention the headlines tip, send an email to: tips@thestreet.com.