So far we’ve seen some interesting demos out of the Windows 8 marketplace that give us at least a small glimpse at what the future holds for Metro apps, but we have yet to truly scratch even the surface on what apps might await us with the full commercial version of Windows 8 and Windows RT.
If Microsoft wants to make a good impression, it won’t just be about quantity. In the past six months or so, Redmond has done a great job doubling the apps in the Windows Phone marketplace, but that’s not really the key, at least in my opinion.
While having a sizeable amount of apps is important, I truly think that Microsoft could get away with just a few hundred at launch (though obviously we want more), as long as they make the few apps really count.
Apple and Google may offer well over a million combined apps, but how many apps do you use on average? Personally, I only have about 30 apps I really regularly make use of, though I’m sure that number varies. While may favorite apps might differ from yours, there are certainly certain apps that aren’t considered more important than others.
I really hope this post turns into a place for discussion on the kinds of apps we all want to see in Windows 8, right from the start. With that in mind, I’m going to take a stab at just a few key apps that I truly hope Windows 8 has from day one to get the list started:
For the most part, Skype is now variable for several Windows Phone handsets (though not all), but it took a while. From day one, Skype needs to be there. This will make a good impression on business tablet users and casual video chatters, alike. I would simply say Skype or a Skype-like experience, but considering this program belong to Microsoft it’s probably a pretty safe bet we will see it sooner or later.. hopefully from day one.
On the iPhone, Siri has made a huge impact. Many users ditched their perfectly good iPhone 4 in order to upgrade to the 4S and get Siri. Microsoft needs to understand that the ability to have a virtual assistant matters and having one from the first day of launch will really help.
We already can pretty much bet on some of these like Facebook and Twitter, since we’ve already seen them in one form or another with the Consumer Preview. Microsoft seems to understand the importance of the social crowd, and so this is pretty much a shoe-in for first day existence.
For those who don’t know, Zune is getting a makeover, in the form of Xbox-branded “Woodstock”, as it is currently code-named. Having a solid media rental/streaming service is important for any tablet device. It is very likely that this Xbox-branded service will actually have more announced about it at the upcoming E3 video game conference event this June.
Cut The Rope was in the Consumer Preview, so that’s awesome. Microsoft seems to get why this matters, and so you can pretty much expect gaming to play a big role. This will include Microsoft Xbox features and integration too, as we’ve already started to see.
Consumer Preview had Slacker Radio, and this is a good start. I really hope to see Pandora from day one.
Alright so these are just a few to help us get started talking about the most essential DAY-ONE apps for Windows 8/RT.
I know I’ve probably missed some pretty big ones, feel free to add to the list through a blog post below or just share your thoughts about apps in Windows 8/RT in general.