Windows 8 has nearly 8000 apps, but developers aren’t that excited to bring their apps to Windows 8

Okay, Windows 8 and RT don’t have nearly as many apps as their rivals. Putting that aside, having close to 8000 apps from day one is still pretty dang impressive. What do people expect, 100,000+ on launch day?

Sure, Microsoft could have done more– if they wanted nothing but crappy apps flooding the store. As it stands, Microsoft’s Windows Store has some pretty decent offerings. Yes, we are missing out on a few of the ‘biggest name’ apps out there, but even some of the less-known app developers on the store seem to be producing pretty decent stuff.

That being said, Windows 8 just isn’t having an easy time attracting developers, something that anti-Windows sites love to point out. According to a new IDS Can Appcelerator survey, only 33% of developers are very interested in developing Windows 8 apps.

Honestly, is anyone shocked? This is a huge change for Windows and both consumers and developers are uncertain of how well the OS will do. Ultimately, Microsoft will need to lead the pack with great 1st and 2nd party apps. Setting the example is key.

As it becomes clear that devices like the Surface are selling well, more developers will jump in. The new Windows UI isn’t harder to develop for than alternatives and has a lot of potential.

We need to stop worrying about apps. They will come. Even if they don’t surface right away– half the things we need to do on a Windows 8 and RT device can be done right from the cloud. With so many Internet applications available to fill in the gaps for now, why does it even matter? I personally can not afford a new tablet right now, but when I do, it will be Windows RT or 8, that much I know for sure.

Microsoft has show us that they can step up the amount of apps pretty quickly and I am fully confident that Windows 8’s low-app count will be a thing of the past in under a year. What do you think, does the lack of apps even matter at this point?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rikkirik-Contrera/100003341041631 Rikkirik Contrera

    The lack of apps might just be what businesses and enterprises need and want, because they are only interested in tablets that securely handle their own apps. With the security and tight incryption technology, W8 is right up the alley of enterprises and businesses. Consumers are the ones crying about apps, but it will come, real fast, you just can’t ignore the power of 1.5 billion Windows OS PC users, an area where Microsoft has no rival.
    Developers not making apps for W8 are fools. Enterprises and businesses wil flock to W8 tablets and PC’s. Today the news that Sara Lee in Australia chose Nokia Windows Phone above Samsung (Android), the Iphone 5 and Blackberry is a sign of things to come. Integration, integration and integration with other Windows programs (Lync, Office etc) and busines applications is one of the main reasons. That’s why Office Cloud offerings and Office 365 are beating out Google Cloud offerings and Google Doc. Apple and Google do not have a competitive enterprise or business offering like Microsoft. With the launch of Windows RT, Google and Apple are already losing marketshare in the tablet market. When W8 PC comes out next year, hopefully with a lot of detachable screens, people will be buying less stand alone tablets from Android and Apple. Both Apple and Google are trying to counter the W8 tablet effect with cheaper tablets. But the effect will be minimal especially in business and enterprise environment. A US survey showed that 50% of businesses with more than 500 employees are planning to standardize their IT operations on W8 tablets and PC’s, supporting my earlier remark regarding W8 adoption in the professional’s market. Business and enterprise adoption of W8 phone, tablets and PC’s will strengthen the adoption of W8 by consumers, that’s how Microsoft adoption proces works. It starts in those markets in which they are strongest. So Apple and Google watch out, there is a new kid in town.

  • voleheart

    so now you are touting microsofts piece of “vapor ware”? 🙂 want to take those words back?