Undoubtedly the biggest selling points of Windows 8 over previous versions of the operating system is its support for Metro apps that make full use of the Modern UI guidelines that Microsoft has defined.
And while early on the low number of these Windows Store apps was cited as one of the main reasons for the slow initial pick up of Redmond’s new OS, it appears that now analysts are of the view that this has could start to hurt Microsoft hardware partners.
A senior analyst at Directions on Microsoft, Michael Cherry, said in an interview that Windows 8 is nothing more than a Windows 7 workstation if you take aps out of the equation. Hardware manufactures that install the OS on their devices may lose out on users this because of this:
“The bottom line to me is … around modern applications. Without modern applications, most users will be running the machine in essentially a Windows 7 mode, booting into the desktop.
They will mostly be running traditional applications, likely with a mouse and keyboard attached. To me, a tablet is defined by what I can do without a keyboard attached.”
Microsoft has, for this reason, intensified its efforts to bring as many apps as it can to the Windows Store. As of this writing, the (unofficial) app count at the repository is above the 116,000 apps mark. And with Windows 8.1 on the horizon, the company expects renewed developer interest in the platform.
Along with independent app developers, the technology titan is also working behind the curtains with large companies to bring about their official Metro clients.
Facebook, for example, is expected to release its official app to the Windows 8 platform before the end of the year, and the same goes for a few other such companies.