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And the study says: Windows 8 users rarely touch Metro apps

Brad Chacos | May 23, 2013
The difference is touch: tablet and touchscreen laptop users adopted more Windows Store apps than users with non-touch displays.

The problems go deeper than that, however. The default apps included with the OS, while beautiful, lack some of the basic functionality found in desktop alternatives. And while it's certainly possible to use modern apps with a keyboard and mouse, doing so isn't exactly pleasurable when compared to the mouse-optimized interfaces of classic software.

Hints of a possible desktop resurgence in Windows Blue should come as no surprise. But all that said, Microsoft is nevertheless on the right track, and it always plays the long game.

Big-name additions like Twitter,, and a free Adobe Photoshop Express app are starting to sneak into the Windows Stare regularly, and Microsoft's shift to incremental, rapid-fire improvements is already starting to pay (similarly incremental) dividends for Windows 8's core apps.

Microsoft is also prepping Windows Blue, a free update to the core Windows 8 experience. Early leaks suggest shoring up some of the most glaring flaws with the modern UI is a priority. If you make the modern UI more palatable, you make modern UI apps more palatable.

Perhaps most important, touchscreen laptops are finally starting to pick up steam, nabbing 10 percent of the overall notebook market in the first quarter. For modern apps to shine, touchscreens must be ubiquitous.

No, Microsoft's modern-style vision for the future isn't quite here yet--assuming that Soluto's numbers scale true (and there's no reason to suppose that they don't). The world, it seems, isn't quite ready to ditch the desktop completely. But the groundwork has been done.

Revolutionizing Windows as we know it is a long journey, not a quick sprint, and one taken baby step by baby step--even after the heavy-handed introduction of the modern UI.


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