CNET’s Eric Franklin has done a great review of the Microsoft Surface RT. He shows the dual nature of the OS, with the tiled-based Start interface and old Windows interface.
Franklin repeats the common refrain that the Surface’s 3 main problems are: 1) Apps 2) Apps and 3) Apps. He describes Apps as “nonexistent” as far as Microsoft’s App Store is concerned.
This is a major problem for adoption of the Surface and other Windows 8-based tablets. More Apps cannot come soon enough. If the App Store does not fill out and quickly, that could lead to the Surface and allied Windows 8 tablets perennially running in third place, way behind Android and the iPad.
Understood though is the fact that Microsoft cannot affect App development directly – they certainly cannot write enough Apps to fill the marketplace. They have to create an environment and incentives for developers to create Apps. Will this play out successfully? I think so, albeit slowly and with more success in the enterprise than with the consumer.