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Microsoft Builds Developer Ecosystem for Windows 8

Will apps surface for Microsoft's Windows 8 operating systems? That's a question many people have asked as the company releases Windows 8, its first Surface tablet, which runs a variant of Windows 8 called Windows RT, and soon Windows Phone 8, which was officially revealed on October 29 during a San Francisco launch event.

The first Surface tablet received accolades from many high profile technology pundits last week. But the steep price ($499 without the Touch Cover keyboard), two-headed operating system and lack of applications, has raised legitimate questions about the appeal and marketability of Windows 8 devices outside of early adopters.

Microsoft has a chance to alter those perceptions this week. Within days of Windows 8 general availability, the company is holding its second annual Build conference for developers at its Redmond campus in Seattle.

Unfortunately, Build attendance may be hampered by Hurricane Sandy, which is pummeling the Northeastern seaboard and commanding the 24-hour news cycle for those who still have power. (If you live in the Northeast and haven't downloaded a flashlight app, now would be a good time.)

It's a bad break for Microsoft. Build is the first time developers will be introduced to Steve Guggenheimer, Microsoft's new corporate vice president of Developer & Platform Evangelism. The highly anticipated conference, which draws people from all over the world, starts October 30. The company is expected to finally reveal the Windows Phone 8 SDK; access to date has been restricted to a limited number of developers.

What's your take on the number of apps for Microsoft's Windows 8 operating systems? Are developers on-board? Express your thoughts below or reach me @RichardsKath.

Posted by Kathleen Richards on 10/29/2012 at 12:54 PM


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