It has been over 6 since months since Microsoft held its Windows 8 BUILD event for ecosystem partners. These partners included application developers, OEMs, ODMs, and hardware partners. At BUILD, Microsoft officially launched its application development tool, Visual Studio 11 Express Beta and provided the first instructions on how to best develop apps for the new Metro user interface (UI). Microsoft also handed out tablets to the developers so they could start building applications.
Over six months later, 99 apps are available in App Store. Should the ecosystem look at that as a success, failure, or something else? The answer to that question depends on the measuring stick you use.
I will look at measuring sticks from the iPad and Android for tablets to help discern this. (...)