Running on Windows 7 Key to Growing Metro Apps Ecosystem RRS feed

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  • If the Metro Apps ecosystem does not quickly gain wide acceptance with end-users, everything that Microsoft is fielding to support Metro Apps - Windows phones, Win/RT tablets, and Windows 8 - will fail.

    600+ million copies of Windows 7 have been sold - and those users probably won't upgrade to Windows 8 for years.  If Microsoft does not provide a way for these desktops to run Metro apps, then the target audience for Metro apps will grow relatively slowly - especially considering that Windows Phones are not selling well and Windows 8/RT tablets are almost non-existent today.  If Microsoft wants to foster the speedy growth of a healthy Metro Apps ecosystem, it should immediately provide a simple, robust, and fully supported path for developers to develop, test, field, and support apps on Windows 7.

    Sunday, June 17, 2012 11:35 AM