“Microsoft’s Windows 8 app ecosystem badly needs a jolt to make it competitive with iOS and Android on tablets, an analyst said today,” Gregg Keizer reports for Computerworld. “And it’s looking like that won’t happen anytime soon.”
“‘Most of the top apps are still not supported by Windows 8,’ said Patrick Moorhead, principal analyst with Moor Insights Strategy. ‘Not only is that a major issue on its own, but Windows 8 now has a reputation for not having the right apps,'” Keizer reports. “And that reputation will stick — and the taint stink — long after the developers of the must-have apps have created something for Windows 8. ‘Even when Microsoft rounds out the catalog, Windows 8 will have a lingering perception issue with consumers,’ Moorhead contended.”
Keizer reports, “Nick Landry, a Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional) and product manager at Infragistics, a New Jersey maker of user interface (UI) development tools, came up with a ‘must-have’ list based on the top 100 iOS apps… everything from ABC News and Citibank to HBO GO and Zillow [and found that] the Windows Store had just 54, slightly more than half.”
“Until Microsoft can overcome not only the app shortage — and Moorhead wasn’t talking about store tallies, which every platform backer likes to brag about — it won’t overcome both the perception that it fields a sub-standard ecosystem and the reality that it can’t deliver the most sought-after software,” Keizer reports. “‘Look at the history of Android,’ said Moorhead. ‘Even though it’s been moving up in app coverage for two years, it still has a reputation that it doesn’t have enough apps.'”
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