Windows 8 launches October 26 (as does its version for some tablets, Windows RT). The OS will deploy across PCs and tablets, and will also serve as the core for the Windows Phone 8 platform. The new multi-device strategy represents Microsoft’s latest attempt to reboot its mobile efforts. Microsoft is under the gun to quickly position a third mobile platform as a contender against Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS. But how to gauge the momentum of Windows 8? Well, its fate turns on luring developers, and sourcing the apps consumers love.
Wes Miller, of Directions on Microsoft, publishes a blog where he tracks the estimated number of Windows Store apps for the new platform– a kind of moving indicator of how robust the app store will be globally at launch. The updates show over 3,600 Windows 8 compatible apps as of Oct. 3. That’s far short of the hundreds of thousands of Android and iOS apps, which means Windows 8 will need to scale quickly if it is going to capture the coveted position as the third mobile platform.
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