Could the Microsoft Surface Pro and Surface RT Tablets finally be seeing some signs of a brighter future?
Over the course of the weekend, Microsoft made the official announcement that there are now more than 50,000 apps on offer via the Windows Store. Following extensive efforts and a huge push backed by the company’s “Keep the Cash” campaign, successful Windows 8 app submission have jumped to about 280 a day and helped Microsoft achieve the important milestone.
Of course, this is a figure that rather pales in comparison to the number of apps available through the Google Play store for Android and of course Apple App Store, but Microsoft has made it clear from the start that it is far more interested in quality than quantity. And then there’s the fact that this figure relates to Windows 8 and Windows RT devices, therefore doesn’t factor in the 130,000 apps available for Windows Phone devices.
So, does all of the above mean that the Microsoft Surface Pro and Surface RT Tablet are about to hit high-gear and reverse their decidedly starts?
In a word – no. Not even close.
Despite focusing on app quality and not allowing the usual the usual garbage to slip through the net, Microsoft’s Windows 8 app library is still decidedly short on some of the key A-List apps that are for hundreds of thousands of people absolute deal-breakers…Facebook being case-in-point. So it’s once again a case of both the Surface Pro and the Surface RT Tablets delivering stunted performance and limited functionality for the kind of top-tier prices you’d expect to pay for a pretty all-inclusive package with no glaring gaps.
So, we’re again looking at another rather modest poke when what the Surface Tablets really need are an almighty kick in the right direction. And as for the chances of said kick in the trousers coming anytime soon, probably best not to hold your breath.