Analyst: Windows 8.1 won't fix apps that 'suck'

Doesnt everyone love analysts, always coming out with such fantastic opinions of the latest market developments. This week were hearing some of those enthralling opinions from Michael Cherry, an analyst with Directions on Microsoft that has some harsh words to say about the state of Windows 8 and how Windows 8.1 wont fix any of these issues.

In an interview with Computerworld, Cherry chastised Microsoft for having a poor selection of apps, saying "Windows 8 sucks because Windows 8 apps suck." He goes on to say that in all the rumors surrounding Windows 8.1, the next major update to Windows 8, theres nothing that indicates the quality of apps will become better. In his opinion, unless Microsoft can fix the apps problem, nothing else that they can do with Windows 8.1 will make much difference.

Everyones obsessed with the look of the thing. What do I care about a Start button in Windows 8 if I spend all my time on the desktop? Its the lack of good applications [thats hurting Windows]. And from what I can tell, developers arent going to get anything from Blue. I dont see anything about apps getting better.

Cherry pointed to Microsofts home-grown Windows 8 applications, such as the Mail, Calendar, People and Messaging app, saying that "if thats the best Microsoft can do [...] with their resources, its no surprise that theres not a [third-party] app worth a darn." Microsoft has been heavily criticized for the quality of the first-party apps in Windows 8, especially around the launch, and its not clear if these apps will improve in the next major update.

Cherrys solution to Windows 8s problems is not to bring back the Start button or introduce more customization features, but instead to provide developers with documentation and inspiration to make quality apps. "Tell developers, "Were going to get you all the assistance and all the documentation you need, we will create apps that are so full-featured that they will inspire you to write great apps,"" he said.

A lot of information surrounding Windows 8.1 (codenamed "Blue") is still unknown, although expect more to be unveiled not only through a steady stream of leaks, but also at Microsofts BUILD conference mid-year, where a public preview of Windows 8.1 is expected to be unveiled.

Source: Computerworld via WinBeta

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