Tablets demand love too! 50,000 apps are now available for the Microsoft Surface tablet
In order to spur the development of new apps, which we all know makes a device more attractive to the consumer, Microsoft is offering developers $100 for each app submitted to both the Windows Store and the Windows Phone Store. There is a limit though, as the Redmond based software giant has a cap at 10 apps per OS for a total of $2,000. And Mister Softy, as the company is called on Wall Street because of the MSFT ticker symbol, is giving developers a full 10% higher revenue split at 80%/20% than what they earn with iOS or Android.
source: MetroStoreScanner via GSMArena
3. Splendid (Posts: 2; Member since: 24 Mar 2013)
iOS has over 300,000 tablet optimized apps, not a big number, Windows 8 and RT will easily overtake them.
5. Hemlocke (unregistered)
Windows RT is an evolutionary dead end. Nobody else is making RT tablets, and the few that are out will be one and done. Surface RT might see a sequel, and it will sell even less than the current one.
As for Windows 8, I think it is safe to say that it is a flop much worse than Vista was, given the price cutting that is going on with the devices, and if Windows Blue is more of the same, Steve Ballmer will be out on the street, if not before that.
10. zippolite28 (Posts: 104; Member since: 28 Sep 2012)
I use windows 8 for my work and I find it easy to use ... and yaa I never used any tablet optimised apps ;-)
18. jsdechavez (Posts: 708; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)
Where've you been? A lot of companies making Win8 devices..
13. thephoneofi (banned) (Posts: 23; Member since: 24 Mar 2013)
Don't you think by the time they get from 50,000 to 300,000, apple will have added thousands more also? I mean common sense would indicate that man lol.
6. loyals (Posts: 129; Member since: 10 Nov 2012)
i dont think android will be a choice unless you want a budget based one. windows will overtake premium android tabs share nyday !!
7. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
When sales don't materialize, revenue split terms get more liberal. Combined with Evernote making more per customer on its WP platform, that might get more developer attention. Especially if the Evernote story is not a one-off experience. Memo to Steve - order the WP marketing team to research every app developers experience to find every single one who is doing better per customer in the WP ecosystem. Then publicize the stories until every media outlet is talking about them. This is a better story (positive story/experience)than the drivel about being scroogled (negative story/experience).
Cash talks and bullish*t walks, as it were.
15. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
M$ has been distributing notebooks in the past to bloggers to do trash talking against competitors. All that Steve would need to do is allocate more funds to and start distributing more free notebooks and WP to bloggers.
2. procopiojose (Posts: 132; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)
great! so they have "boston celtics fans" app.. cool!!
this means they also have the ff appzz:
kevin garnett fans
paul pierce fans
(every boston player) fans
justin bieber fans
tom and jerry fans
beavis and butthead fans
chuck norris fans
4. Splendid (Posts: 2; Member since: 24 Mar 2013)
Tell me ONE app store where most apps aren't useless.
8. papss (unregistered)
That's pretty impressive. I still don't think RT will take off but VERY happy with my pro with W8. Mine goes everywhere with me and has spawned a few buys from others in my office
9. NateAdam8 (Posts: 388; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)
Because WindowsRT Tablet are just base Tablets this might get it somewhere but I do agree that it's a dead end unless Microsofts new updates can make it more then it is now
11. Credo (Posts: 720; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)
the populair apps just keep on coming, especially here in belgium, awesome ! :)
12. Timmehor (Posts: 599; Member since: 09 Mar 2013)
Awesome, didn't expect too many Windows 8 apps, but there is heaps already! Nice!
14. dan86 (Posts: 298; Member since: 17 Mar 2012)
Wish I could suggest Stephan Elop a new company and leave Nokia so they can think beyond WP.
16. techloverNYC (Posts: 552; Member since: 20 Nov 2012)
Tried out a surface tablet in Best buy. It does look a lot more "office" ready compare to my ipad and android tablets on the market. The screen looks very sharp and the software is pretty fluid.
17. GadgetsMcGoo (Posts: 168; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)
$100 per app is insulting. You can do better msft.