Analysts say that for the near future, Windows RT will stay afloat. Most of this positive outlook comes from the fact that RT rolled out with 9,000 apps. Tablets, Microsoft’s Surface, live and die by their app stores. The restrictions to their size simply dwarf any hardware that can be shoved into their handheld frames.
However, 9,000 apps, 5,200 of which are available to US users, are not enough to stave off the tech reaper forever. The Surface has only been the on market for less than a month, not enough time to see if the tablet will outlast HP’s Touchpad and RIM’s Blackberry PlayBook. Those two failed tablets were essentially dead on arrival, but the Windows RT and its source, Windows 8, are just out of the gate.
Microsoft rolled out with huge cheeks for app developers. But will it be enough? Only time will tell. For now, we will simply have to suffice with the slightly substandard, but innovative hardware of the Surface.
If you’re planning on upgrading to Windows 8, be sure to have enough IT staff on hand.