re: Microsoft Must Get The Windows 8 Commerce Model Right
I am not sure Microsoft is seriously trying to build an AppStore like Apple, because most of is customers are not the ones that download a guitar tuners to tune their guitars, for instance! :) Also, to cater to gamers, they already have the xbox platform (not to mention serious gamers donG«÷t play on a tablets, rather on a custom PC with multiple graphic cards that has a private GPU bus between them!) I think all Microsoft is planning with their Windows 8 is to capitalize on their business customers, who would use Windows 8 tablet/phone as a facade for their large enterprise applications such as ERP, CRM, Healthcare and so on; in other words, Microsoft is not competing with Apple on their $0.99 apps, rather simply highlighting the gap that Apple cannot conquer, i.e., serious business applications! Microsoft doesnG«÷t want their developers to start writing for iPad and iPhones to provide mobility to their applications, rather run that same application (or parts of it) on Windows phones, and on Windows tablet - Windows 8 is all about this write-once-deploy-everywhere concept, hence its more of catering to Windows-users and sustaining their loyalty for a long haul rather than a game changer or a head-on intent to compete with Apple and Android in their own turf, IMO.