This is the one thing I did not get when Microsoft's machine hit the windows was people like ACER whining when they should have just been doing what these companies are. We don't see a lot of things straight forward but I will promise you the world of commerce is changing right around us.
Good to see not all companies boo hooed about microsoft making a tablet. Plus its always good to see some healthy competition. Still not sure id pull the trigger on a windows RT tablet when i can get an x86 version, but im certainly looking forward to a windows rt tablet roundup here on HH!
Desktops are better. But everyone should just put out quality products and just let the masses decide
Well since the App store will be Microsoft controlled for Windows RT, I don't know how much of a selection there will be.
Comparing these to desktops are like comparing apples to oranges. Desktops aren't mobile. Comparing them to a laptop would be more suitable.
"You can't just ask customers what they want and then try to give that to
them. By the time you get it built, they'll want something new."
MS will still allow Storefronts and Streaming in their App Store. While 3rd party payment systems are also allowed as long as they meet their requirements.
The 30% fee they charge is only applicable if you use their payment system and it drops to 20% once a app makes $25,000. While MS sets app pricing at a minimum of $1.49 and a maximum of $999.
Apps and services provided directly through the store will be under MS requirements though. So nothing too adult, names have to be original, have to get approved, etc.
While side loading is still possible on the desktop (legacy support) or through Administration or company IT. The App Store is mainly a requirement for Windows 8 apps (previously known as Metro) and the only choice for WP8 and Windows RT (aside from some work around solutions that'll be provided to companies).
It will take time to make a large number of apps for this new Windows platform but since it has cross platform support means they can pool resources. Since developers can, with not too many restrictions, make the same app run on WP8, Windows RT, and Windows 8/Pro and even auto adjust for each type of device it's running on.
While they've already started and should have at least enough to start with at launch. Though, Windows RT is the most vulnerable for the lack of apps. Since WP8 has WP7x apps to fall back on and Windows 8/Pro has legacy apps, but Windows RT will be pretty much all or nothing except for what apps MS pre-installs.
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