Over the past week or more as things had been building up to the launch of Windows 8, one common theme has been running through a good number of the tech blogs and review sites, i.e. “Windows 8 does not have enough apps“. I call bull on that.
I’ve been running Windows 8 Enterprise Preview for the last 3 months on and off dual booted with Windows 7 and personally, I don’t use that many Metro/Modern UI style apps because I’m a coder, I live in Netbeans. But over the last week, many more apps have been added to the Windows Store and personally I think there are more than enough applications.
It’s been said and it has been proven many times that most people do not use more than 30 applications at any given period in their life time. How many games can one play simultaneously, if I might ask? At best, one will have approximately 5 good games they will alternate through given their daily schedule or interest. Currently the Windows Store has over 990 games. Some are crap, and others are pretty good. But truth be told, I’d only ever play at most 10 of them.
Beyond games, we have productivity suits and dedicated apps for web services, like the WordPress App I’m using to compose this. Most people will only ever need a handful of these, and the rest they can have access to directly via their favorite web browser. Then we have communication tools such as Skype, which is already present, and I expect the official Facebook and Twitter apps to arrive soon as well. In the mean time, I can use my web browser, or the Windows People application for Facebook.
News apps? I fail to see the need of these applications, when I can just fire up my browser and hit their web page. No added value in my opinion beyond wanting to have a presence in the store. And there are over 50 of these already in the store.
When I look at people using an iPad or Galaxy Tab, the above applications mentioned are all I see them use them for, and most of these basic applications are already present in the store, so I really don’t buy the argument that Windows 8 doesn’t have enough apps. Once again, I call bull on that.
I don’t think anyone should use that as a valid reason not to consider purchasing a Windows 8 device, and actually if you go Pro, you won’t need all those Modern UI apps because you can just install their desktop counterparts and get stuff done, or better still, open up a browser and hit the web service and get stuff done via that channel as well.
If you don’t like Windows 8 or you are already heavily invested in another platform such as iOS or Android, that is cool, but it should not be the basis for criticizing a platform before you try it.
I think Windows 8 is going to do well on its own and although I won’t be writing any Modern UI apps in the short term, I certainly will be putting a whole lot of stuff on the world wide web. So just get a browser and hit the interwebs. I always recommend Opera.