With Windows Phone Releasing Apps So Quickly, What Does This Mean For Windows 8?

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There are many different opinions when it comes to Metro and Windows 8. My personal opinion is mixed, but I certainly see potential in Windows 8 if they can win fans over to the new UI changes.

The key to this is without a doubt within the amount of high-quality apps that arrive for the operating system. Sure, apps might not matter as much to desktop users at first thanks to the massive amount of legacy applications that don’t need Metro or touch, but it will mean everything in the war against the current tablet giants, iOS and Android.

Right now, we can’t expect much because this is nothing more than a Beta. That being said, there are actually quite a few decent apps out for Windows 8 Metro already, and this is surely a good sign. Many of these have come directly from Windows Phone, at least in regards to some of the games.

Right now there are millions of apps between Android and iOS, so how is Windows 8 and Metro going to compete? Well, based on what’s going on with Windows Phone Marketplace, my worries are already subsiding. There are now more than 80,000 mobile apps for their platform, with about 340 new apps getting added every single day.

This change happened rather quickly, with it taking only four months for the marketplace to double.

Windows Phone is a solid OS, but it hasn’t been that popular. Windows 8, on the other hand, will instantly arrive on tons of PCs and tablets, making it a great platform for app developers. It should only be a matter of time before Windows 8 makes it way over to the 50,000 mark. Honestly I wouldn’t be surprised if this happens within six months after its launch.

So if apps are truly the key, I wouldn’t worry that much about Microsoft’s ability to catch up with high-quality releases based on their current track record. What I am curious about is what our readers feel Metro needs in order to better appeal to desktop and laptop users. There is no denying that tablets are a focus with Windows 8, but the desktop/laptop world isn’t dead yet, even if it is moving ever closer to its final retirement.

If you are on the fence about using Metro in Windows 8, what would change your mind? For me, a higher powered browser is a start, an OpenOffice metro app because I’m cheap and don’t want to pay for MS Word, and perhaps an iTunes app would be great starters. There are more, but that would certainly be a step in the right direction.

What would it take to win you over to using Metro more regularly?

Conversely, are you already using Metro primarily, if so what apps have persuaded you to do so?

Share your thoughts below.

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  • Robert Kegel

    I heard rumors that Windows Phone 7 apps will work with Windows 8 so if thats true then by the time Windows 8 comes out there should be maybe over 200,000 apps for Windows Phone.  I’m already sold on Windows 8, I’ve been using the Consumer preview and I like it.  There could be a few little things like a graphical start button so people don’t have to hunt how to get to the Metro interface from Windows mode.  I’d also like to see a better mail program, more like the one for Windows phone 7.  I know Mozilla is making Firefox and Google is making Chrome for Windows 8.  Not sure if Thundrebird is being made for it though.  I know it’ll be coming but I’m hoping a good Skype client, maybe Pidgin. 

    To get around in Metro you just move the mouse from one side of the screen to the other, but in apps like say the app store you can’t do this.  I’d like to see this in the store or even in the browser (or at least maybe press control key along with mouse movement), and probably other apps as well.  This would make things easier especially for people who use a track pad on their laptops. 

    Thats all I can think of for now.

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