Windows 8 will damage market for rich apps

The strokers of beards and people in the know think that the age of rich apps which are feature-packed and multipurpose could be drawing to a close with the arrival of Windows 8.

Since the PC arrived we have had multi-function software suites which are geared to doing lots of things. But now the thought is that the pendulum is swinging the other way towards lightweight, single-purpose, touch-based apps such as those found on smartphones and tablets.

The thinking is that the new Windows, particularly its Metro interface, allows people to use super light software which does not need bloat and bigger install images. Instead they will use increases in disk capacities and processing.

Microsoft can make this move because when it moves to ARM versions it will not have any of its legacy applications to hold it to the past.

Patrick Moorhead, at Moor Insight & Strategy, said that it will take some time for the move to take place. It took ages before people moved from DOS to Windows and some enterprises still use DOS-based apps in a shell today.

He thinks that people will move slowly from Desktop to Metro. But those who use Windows on ARM will only get Metro as a choice.

Since there is not a way to make a dense software layout work on Metro, there will have to be a move to lighter apps.

Metro apps will also be available for x86 hardware, and users will have the choice of traditional ‘rich’ apps, or simplified Metro apps.

But he seems to think that Metro apps will appeal to users more because they are cheaper and will be simple to use.

While he did not think that rich apps would die, many outfits will start to think how they can tailor desktops specifically for each user based around Metro apps.

If you are a corporate then each PC will have a series of light apps which do the task asigned to the user and no more.

ZDNet thinks that will represent a massive shakeup of the PC industry.