One of the reasons why iPads and android tablets have flourished is the ease of access to applications. Whether you go to the App store or the App marketplace (https://www.google.com/enterprise/marketplace/?pli=1) you have access to a huge range of applications at a reasonable cost.
One of the advantages that I see with Apple’s model, is the “vetting” or approval process that occurs before an application becomes available on the App store. The app you install is tested and approved by apple. The speed of this process, the cost of set up & return on investment may be seen equally as disadvantages as well.
If you read the posts and features about Microsoft Windows 8, which has extensive support for tablets you would note that this is a ubiquitous operating system – the same OS operating on tablet, using touch or PC. Great!
But here is my question, one of the selling points of the ipad and android tablets is low cost and to be fair often lower spec applications. This makes them accessible and useful. But the consistency of applications from PC to tablet raises the possibility of having to pay “full application” price for much of the software. There is after all a considerable difference between what you can do with a fully featured PC, with keyboard, mouse and large monitor.
Will we see a change in the pricing policy for developers and software providers? Since Windows 8 supports both tablets and PC’s will we see reduced feature set apps being run on both platforms?
This, I think, will be interesting to watch.