Moves by major third-party developers would help. There have been no signs of Modern apps from Facebook, for instance, or Twitter -- although independent Twitter apps such as MetroTwit, are available -- or LinkedIn.
"There's no doubt that the hardware is high-quality," said Moorhead. "But Microsoft needs to seal the deal with consumers by improving [the app selection]."
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