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Will the lack of good Windows 8 apps kill Windows tablets?

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    Will the lack of good Windows 8 apps kill Windows tablets?


    New research shows that Windows 8 has barely half of the most popular iOS apps, and that's one more reason that Windows 8 tablets simply haven't caught on. Apps sell tablets, and unless Microsoft closes the app gap, Windows tablets may never make it.

    Nick Landry, product manager at Infragistics, which makes user interface development tools, has found that Windows 8 has only 54% of the most popular mainstream iOS apps. Many of the apps are must-have apps for many people, including Instagram, Vine, Pandora, Facebook, and YouTube. Also missing are business-oriented apps including LinkedIn. Also missing are popular apps including Google Maps, Groupon, and Foursquare. And you also won't find many news-oriented apps such as Flipboard, Bloomberg, and BBC News. If you want to do online banking with an app, you're out of luck if you use Windows 8 and have Citibank or Chase accounts.
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    I will tell my clients, if you are looking for a tablet to check email, surf the web and play games, go with the iPad, the games there are awesome, the games on Windows 8 , most of them suck, they are repetitious, stupid and most do not work and crash

    If you are looking for productivity, then get a windows 8 or pro tablet
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    Um... the same tech journal people predicted that android would die a slow and painful death because it had less apps than iOS 2 years ago. Back then, the tech media had been taken over by iFanboys.

    We're suppose to believe their doomsday prediction now?
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    Yes
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    I guess the question is, what do you need a tablet for? As robinb9 mentioned earlier, if you want or need iOS apps, you are likely going to want to use an iPad. If you want to use things like Office and do work with a tablet, you go with a Surface RT (as other vendors aren't really helping there, because it's a new market - see Asus and Samsung for examples). I don't think it will take too long once vNext of the Surface (both Pro and RT) come out for more people to use it, more apps to be ported to WinRT across x86 and ARM, and thus a better app ecosystem (which may, or may not, spill over to Windows Phone and Xbox One) to develop.

    Windows 8 and Windows RT are just a year old this month, so I'm not ready to judge it positive or negative yet on scale. I do like Windows RT (and have a Surface RT as my daily driver), but that's because I don't play games or need some of the iOS-only apps, making my choice fairly easy. If you really like some set of apps or games that isn't in the Windows App store right now, then you have to make a decision if that's important to you or not.
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    Well, I still think Droids suck eggs, and are ripoffs of iPhones, but they now have 80% of the market. Why not? They are thousands of times cheaper that iPhones. But I am just not impressed with Droid, never have been.

    iPads have windows 8 over a barrel with the sheer amount of quality apps. The reason why Droids have survived is because the developer saw a secondary market - And started making Droid apps as quick as they could. SO now, anything you can get for iOS, you can get for Droid.

    But the same devs, have not seen Windows 8 as a tertiary market. They have simply refused to start making the apps for Windows 8. So they don't exist, not to mention the Windows 8 store as well has being horribly laid out, has a VERY bad search engine. Give me the iPhones App Store for quickly locating the stuff I need. Not to mention the Genius bar that finds apps I could use and the suggestions are useful - For instance I just found a remote mouse for Windows 8, with a Charms bar and everything - And it was FREE:

    http://www.benzle.com

    BUT - You can install Windows 8 on a Surface Pro, which is Microsoft's "iPad". To have a desktop system in a TABLET is highly provocative. It's just too bad that the windows store will never amount to much. By now, there should be a few really good apps - And Angry Birds. is still the only decent app in the store. The Droid market filled up QUICK. The iOS store had good usable apps Immediately. Nobody really wants to make good 8 apps. and if they do, how will we ever find them?
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    I am a little confused about the store having a very bad search engine - I've found win+Q (or using the search charm on my tablet when not using the keyboard) to be sufficient, but perhaps you mean something else specifically? The 8.1 store does have a better layout, so that might make searching a little (or a lot) better. I'm assuming you mean something specific to the way it searches, I don't want to make assumptions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cluberti View Post
    I am a little confused about the store having a very bad search engine - I've found win+Q (or using the search charm on my tablet when not using the keyboard) to be sufficient, but perhaps you mean something else specifically? The 8.1 store does have a better layout, so that might make searching a little (or a lot) better. I'm assuming you mean something specific to the way it searches, I don't want to make assumptions.
    Try searching for something like "Facebook" and tell me which is a genuine Facebook app? Or which of them are any good...?

    (I'm using 8; it's possible the 8.1 revamp has made this better)
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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidY View Post
    Try searching for something like "Facebook" and tell me which is a genuine Facebook app? Or which of them are any good...?

    (I'm using 8; it's possible the 8.1 revamp has made this better)
    Just to try this, I searched for "Facebook", selected "Free" and "highest rated".

    One result on the first page is apparently called "Sexy Fit Girls Daily" (how does that link to Facebook...?) and although it has 5 stars, it's gained this from having a massive following of one person who rated it.

    If the developer can only find one person to rate their app (maybe they even rated it themselves) then how good is this app...?

    Ah I found why it came up - it's published by that well-known and trusted corporation:
    "Sexy Hot Girls Gallery Images Sex Facebook Twitter"

    Seems legit...
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    I would have liked 3 versions of surface tablets windows RT, windows 8 and windows 8 pro

    i bought an asus smart vivio. Running windows 8 but if there was a surface 8 comparable in price I would have purchased the surface because it has nicer hardware features
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