Microsoft will release a test version of Windows 8.1 at its BUILD developers conference
next week, but there's a chance that Windows update could go a long way towards hurting those developers, and slowing app growth in the Windows Store. Is there anything Microsoft can do to combat that?
Reports say that among Windows 8.1's changes
will be a boot-to-the-desktop option that allows people bypass the Start screen. Many users have been clamoring for it, because they find little use for the touch-oriented Start screen.
That will certainly please users. But it may also hurt those, like many at the BUILD conference, who are writing so-called "Modern" apps for Windows 8, apps that are written for the Start screen and for touch. The reason is simple: If people bypass the Start screen, they'll have no reason to run the Windows 8 apps that run on it.