Windows RT devices have enough apps, says analyst

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Does the Windows Store have enough apps for Windows RT devices to be successful? At least one analyst thinks so, though reviewers have criticized it for poor selection and lack of "high-profile" apps. However, Patrick Moorhead, principal analyst with Moor Insights & Strategy, told Computerworld that the available apps in the Windows Store at launch is adequate to entice buyers. "It's a positive first showing," observed Moorhead, though he also warned that to make it, Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) "must have consistent singles, doubles, triples and home runs."

To be clear, Moorhead was referring to the Modern style apps specifically written for Windows 8, and not desktop apps--the latter will work on Windows RT tablets. While Windows source code can certainly be reused, incorporating a touch-capable interface in a logical and intuitive manner for a Modern app will require some work, while additional tweaks may also be necessary to accommodate the changes that Microsoft has made into Windows RT. Seen from this perspective, Microsoft is effectively starting from scratch with Windows RT.

According to Wes Miller, an analyst at Directions on Microsoft, the Windows Store has 9,029 Modern-style app worldwide at launch. Of course, given that no locale supports every single app, it means that all stores will have a count of less than this figure. Indeed, the U.S. store has 5,179 Windows Store apps, though it is understood that every locale supported by the Windows Store has at least 4,000 apps at the moment. Note that 6 percent of the above do not support Windows RT.

For more:
- check out this article at Computerworld

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