Although Windows8 has been quite successful in creating its benchmark among the crowd of mobile operating systems, but does the mobile platform possess a caliber of competing with the popular mobile platforms launched by Apple and Google?
Well, the answer to this question lies with all the mobile phone users, currently reading my blog.
I’m sure many of you might be wondering as to why Windows8 is not been chosen by a majority of mobile phone users? Many reports have highlighted how the popularity of this operating system has been affected due to lack of sufficient apps. While the reasons for such a situation are known, there’s a need to encourage developers to build mobile apps by targeting Windows8 mobile phone operating systems. For now, I’d like to make my readers familiar with some of the well-known reasons behind a decreased affinity for Windows8, among the Mobile App Companies:
Reason#1- Deficiency of robust development tools
Mobile App Development expects the developers to use customized tools and frameworks for building dynamic yet user-friendly mobile applications. Windows8; comprising of only a limited number of app development tools makes it tedious for the developers to build apps at a faster pace. Innovation is what can add charm to a mobile app. With limited app development tools, achieving this goal continues to remain a mere dream.
Reason#2- Continuous downfall of mobile operating system’s Market Share
Since the emergence of Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS; there’s been a sudden downfall in the market share of Windows8. With mobile-platform targeted strategies followed by most of the enterprises, choosing Windows8 mobile application development has become an imperceptive decision. This Microsoft mobile operating system has witnessed a stiff competition from the feature-rich iOS and Android mobile OS’s.
Reason#3- Zero support for currently in-use technologies
A majority of enterprises have started using different technologies for developing apps for mobile phones. Unlike iOS and Android, the developers involved in Windows8 mobile application development can only use the native languages like C++, C# or WinRT, making it unfeasible to build feature-rich mobile applications.
Reason#4- Unresolved bugs in existing OS design
With some unresolved bugs still existing in the design of Windows8 operating system, it’s become quite impractical for the reputed Mobile App Companies to choose the mobile operating system. Flaws such as: ineffective GPS navigation and non-working mailer notifications make the mobile phone operating system a bad option for mobile app developers.
Reason#5- An upsetting Gaming Experience
Mobile App Developers believe gaming as “Horrible” on Windows8. Unlike the flexibility of buying games in iOS and Android phones, Windows8 phones come with limited gaming options. Longer game loading durations make the mobile operating system a rival of all game lovers. In addition to this, even the app developers have dumped the idea of doing something “Great” towards enhancing the gaming experience in Windows8.
Reason #6- Security issues
While developing mobile apps, the prime concern of the developers is to ensure that the third-party apps remain secure and inaccessible. For this, the mobile operating systems come with in-built security controls. Although such security controls are available with Windows8 as well, the coders still have to take special care in ensuring 100% safe and secure stature of the third-party apps. This leads to a superfluous increase in the overall time and effort consumed during app development process.
Does Windows8 have any future ahead?
Hmm…now that’s a question I’d love to answer. After taking into account all the drawbacks associated with Windows8 mobile operating system, I won’t be wrong in saying that the future of this operating system seems to be “FAINT”. With millions of mobile users switching to iOS and Android operating systems, Windows8 is likely to lose its niche in the world of mobile app development.
Considering the kind of response received by iPhones, iPads, Androids etc, it won’t be wrong to say that Windows8 is definitely not here to stay. Being an app developer myself, I’m quite familiar with the mentality of mobile app developers. We indulge in developing apps only for an operating system; we believe, will stay in the market forever. Hence, an OS with a “clearly-visible” dull future is definitely not going to be in our list.
Lucie Kruger is an eminent Senior Content Editor and IT consultant for Mobiers Ltd. a leading Mobile App Development Company. Hear her expert advice about the most popular and profitable Android Application Development solutions.