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Poll: Is Windows 8 more of a development opportunity or problem?

Justin James notes Windows 8 will lead to pain and opportunities for developers. Will the upcoming release lead to more joy or problems for you?

The Windows 8 release is likely to cause some pain for developers and organizations using Windows. It's also possible that Windows 8 will be provide a big opportunity for developers to have access to markets that have been previously been dominated by established players. Just as the uptake in Windows 3.X allowed Word to bull into WordPerfect's market, Metro/WinRT puts everyone on the same playing field with all sorts of products.

I see Windows 8 as both a pain and a joy. What about you?

J.Ja

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31 comments
apotheon
apotheon

It's an excellent opportunity to migrate to web interfaces for software that runs on a Unix server on the back-end. Of course, this won't work for all applications.

tootall3
tootall3

I have worked with computers for 24 years and I can not even remember how many OS's I've tried. Windows / DOS has been the most consistent development environment of all. We have applications inside and outside the firewall and they come to work every day! We will modify the way things are done and keep things working.

gak1
gak1

I used to believe that Windows Phone has a fixed set of requirements and that fights platform fragmentation. Now we have dirt cheep memory and 256M entry level devices. Whenever Microsoft is involved, there are no 100% development opportunities.

Regulus
Regulus

Demonstrating once again that the Ferengi domination of Microsoft benefits all mankind!

Skruis
Skruis

Windows 8 is still Windows and it still supports all of the legacy applications so the existing market for Windows development is still there but now there's more of a consumption market too with the Windows Store...that's something that Windows user's have traditionaly relied on websites to provide and never really downloaded and installed smaller purpose built applications like you see on Windows Phone, iOS or Android. Of course, with any new opportunity there are learning curves but pretty much anyone familiar with .net, silverlight or mobile development in general will be able to create new apps with relative ease. Overall, it's an opportunity for Windows development and as developers begin to layout their apps, they simply have to choose which environment fits their application best, the desktop or metro.

mattohare
mattohare

And development tools too? The consumer-oriented platform may be nice. How will it be for the business-oriented?

Sterling chip Camden
Sterling chip Camden

It will undoubtedly lead to more business, which is good. However, I may also get to take some undeserved blame.

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