Looking just at Windows 8 sales, touchscreen devices with the operating system are doing pretty well, NPD says. "The strong performance of Windows 8 notebooks with touchscreens, where Windows 8 truly shines, offers some reason for optimism," Baker says. "These products accounted for 6 percent of Windows 8 notebook sales at an average price of $867 helping to re-establish a premium segment to the Windows consumer notebook market."
Microsoft seeks iOS developers
In an effort to further recruit for an army of Windows 8 developers, Microsoft is holding a training session for iOS developers on how to write Windows 8 applications.
Scheduled for Dec. 13 and 14 in Mountain View, Calif., the training will be taught by former iOS developers who are now building Windows 8 applications.
Microsoft executives repeat and repeat that having desirable apps in the Windows Store inventory is essential to the success of Windows 8. This outreach to iOS developers may be an attempt to draw in people who have proven development ability or it may be a try at luring in developers who may have successful iOS apps they might want to recode for Windows 8.
Either way it can't hurt to cast a wide net.
Tim Greene covers Microsoft for Network World and writes the Mostly Microsoft blog. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @Tim_Greene.
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