Windows 8, Microsoft’s first operating system to target touchscreen devices, launched last week following months of anticipation. Several news organisations have already developed apps for the platform, in cooperation with Microsoft.
At the 5th Tablet & App Summit in Frankfurt last week, Frank Wolfram, CTO of SYZYGY Group, Johan Mortelmans, Digital Innovation Manager, Corelio Publishing (which publishes De Standaard) and Danny Lein, Founder and CEO of Twipe Mobile Solutions offered their first thoughts on the new platform.
The key differentiator compared with other mobile operating systems is that Windows 8 provides “the productivity and the consumption world merged into one experience: with a switch of a button you can more between desktop and lean-back,” as Wolfram described.
He believes that the Windows 8 store will hold 150,000 – 200,000 apps by the end of the year, with a focus on quality rather than quantity