re: Windows 8 Store Hits 100,000 Apps
AustinIT and midmachine, you're both correct-- Windows 8 is much more than the Modern UI and its incomplete app library. The article references as much with the point about "leverage," but I didn't belabor it in this article since it's been a recurring theme in several others. Seton Hall, for example, chose Win8 tablets basically because they're the only ones that can double as x86-capable laptops. Our recent article about the "good and bad" of tablets at work also reiterated this theme.
It's a weird advantage, though. I like my Win8 tablet a lot-- but I'd like it more if it had more apps. I also wish it had some sort of 4G option. It hasn't in short, obviated the need for the iPad that also lives in my house. I'm thankful for Win8's ability to run Office or Lightroom when I'm in a compromised situation (e.g. a lightweight but capable device is great at conferences, or in airports, or when I'm stuck on the subway). But the keyboard dock isn't as ergonomic as a real laptop, and the screen size isn't ideal for sustained work. The Win8 tablet, in other words, hasn't reduced my need for a desktop or a laptop. AustinIT alluded to as much in his comment about photo and video editing. I haven't bothered to install Adobe Premier on my tablet because a) I'm skeptical that the processor is really up to the software's most demanding tasks, and b) who wants to keep track of several dozen layers of audio and video tracks on a 10-inch screen? Yes, I could connect the tablet to a bigger monitor and add peripherals, and maybe that's the way things are going. But right now, I still have an old iMac that's getting the job done.
That's a subjective case, but I think a lot of people are in similar predicaments when they think about shelling out for a Win8 device. People have old devices that they rely on, and though Windows 8 does everything, the extent to which it does any single thing better is open to debate. The OS's utility varies by device and by user need. This is why some people see it as a do-it-all panacea of an OS, while others see it as a mess, or as incomplete but promising.
I think the advantages of having both the Modern UI and the desktop in one package will ultimately outweigh the disadvantages. The convergence might not be perfect, but a lot of pragmatic, budget-minded buyers have already shown their interest. The fact that Windows 8.1 will clean things up has no doubt convinced a few more.
But Windows 8 tablets have x86 apps as a bonus, to a certain extent, which puts pressure on the Windows Store to get things together. Windows 8 desktops, meanwhile, get the Modern UI as a bonus, but users in this group haven't seem to want it. As attractive as the dual-UI is to some potential customers, it's easy to see why Windows 8 hasn't quite connected with everybody.