Do you think applications are the key to success for Windows 8?

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Even though Windows CEO Steve Ballmer announced that 100,000 apps will be available in the Windows Store by the end of the month, application developers are rushing to fill the void and meet the rising enterprise demand for Windows 8 apps. Many developers believe Windows 8 applications are imperative for the success of the new operating system in the enterprise. What say you? Do you think applications are the key to success for Windows 8?

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  • Michelle Greenlee
    Nooooo! I think choice is the key to Windows 8 success. The official announcement of Windows 8.1 features that bring back traditionally-styled Windows functions is evidence consumers want choice. I haven't liked using the Windows 8 'app store' myself. I detest the live tiles in Windows 8 anyway so using 'apps' isn't something I look forward to doing. Why are they called apps when the OS runs on regular ol' laptops and desktops too?
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  • TomLiotta
    Yes. Without wide app acceptance, Win8 cannot approach the past acceptance and penetration of Win versions. The vendors and developers must ensure app compatibility and usability with Win 8 in order to let Win 8 become appropriate to a wider audience. . Without that, Win 8 might be thought of similar to OS/2 in that respect. It could be irrelevant for Win 8 to be better (assuming it is) than Win 7 and earlier. If only a limited market embraces it, it won't be a significant success in itself. . Tom
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  • guslepe
    apps should be left for phones. I dont have Windows 8 but things I've been reading/hearing about it are, that it more like a mobile OS than anything. As far as the apps, i think that it might help out some. People are tired of configuring software, compatible mode, and the whole installation process. I think apps are going to make it short and simple, which might just be what the public wants.
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  • Kevin Beaver
    I think the key to Win8 success is Microsoft staying true to its core competencies and the needs of its user base. Kowtowing to the "app" fad will certainly facilitate the demise of Windows as we've known it, used it, and need it. My mother always told me that there's a time and a place for everything...I like "apps" and believe they have their place. Nobody wants to see Microsoft rushing to jump on this bandwagon at the expense of its heritage. I know the OS too well - I really don't want to have to move to Linux or OS X after all these years.
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  • TomLiotta
    apps should be left for phones.
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    Microsoft Word is an app. Excel is an app. Microsoft Access is an app. Without apps, PCs are useless to business. Phones are hardly the only place for apps.
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  • Ben Rubenstein
    I'm not sure that apps are the key to Windows 8 success, but they're representative of it. If developers can't be bothered to create applications for Windows 8, it's reflective of the overall lack of interest in the OS. 
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  • TomLiotta
    I read this somewhere recently:
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    Mobile used to be nice to have – now it’s a must-have at pretty much any organization, and it’s not just for remote workers, it’s for everyone.
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    Win 8 is intended to bridge between mobile and desktop, making the potential for apps that have predictably similar behavior regardless of how they're accessed.
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    There is some effort required of developers to make it all work well, and this is cumulative with effort to satisfy requirements for other platforms. If the added effort just for Win 8 doesn't pay off, there is little motivation to make it and less-than-widely-available apps won't provide motivation to switch to Win 8 mobile devices for a significant number of users.
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    There will always be some number of buyers who go all in for Win 8, but it's hard to think of them as being a basis for 'success'.
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