The new Windows 8 Consumer Preview has gone a long way to improving on the Developer Preview in terms of making something that consumers and end users can use on tablets and similar devices. While Windows 8 on ARM (WOA) is an alternative to the iPad and various Android devices, it is not known whether users will treat it as a serious option.

This creates a dilemma for developers, because the faster the WOA uptake, the greater the pressure to write native Metro/WinRT applications for Windows 8 (it won’t run third-party desktop applications). Has Microsoft done enough with WOA to make it successful enough to take it into account when planning your development roadmap?


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