Press Release: Apps vs. Programs as in Apple vs. Microsoft

Press Release 05-05-2015
Computer Related Article
By: Will Claney

Apple vs. Microsoft – The Apps Have It – Or Do They?
It wasn’t that long ago that Microsoft released Windows 8 for the Smartphone, tablet and PC, if you recall the uneventful release in 2012.

The biggest drawback to Windows 8 was the lack of apps available to it. Apple, on the other hand had nearly a quarter million apps in its app store. Windows had a few thousand in their “beta” app store (aka Marketplace, now just called Store). So, Apple had a big lead in apps. Do they still have a lead?
Microsoft always was the programs leader during the heyday of Windows XP and Windows 7, it was the primary reason Windows grew so big so fast, and was loved by so many. There are millions of programs that run on PCs, servers and laptops, even today.

Just to be clear, and try to shed some light on the subject, Microsoft calls executable software “programs” and Apple says “apps”. So what’s the difference, tomato-tomoto? (to-may-toe vs. to-mah-toe) The difference between an app and a program is how it works. In simple terms programs contain nearly all the software needed to execute the program, mostly independent of the operating system. Whereas apps are smaller and reuse software already part of the operating environment and are more dependent on the operating system. A program can take hours to load, an app in minutes. A program must be uninstalled, an app one click, its gone.

During the Steve Jobs days, as it is today, Apple required developers to get approval of their app before it was offered for sale in the App Store, they did this as a discipline so apps would run as promoted. Apple’s attention to detail is what makes them great. But, therein lays a problem.

For some developers the Apple requirements seemed too strict. They chose Microsoft environment for development instead, that helped launch the largest trove of programs ever.

Fast forward to today. We see a similar theme playing out. This time however, Microsoft has a new advantage; it can utilize both programs and apps.
According to some basic research on the subject Apple stands approximately 1.3 million apps, and apps for Microsoft Windows 8 are approximately 400 thousand. So the clear winner: Apple. Or is it?

With so many legacy applications already in service for Windows XP and 7, Microsoft is busy porting (adapting) them to be apps in the Store for Windows 10, but until then they work as regular programs. Soon the combined Microsoft “programs and apps” or “pro-apps” will rule the market once again.
Windows 10 is a game changer but will it be enough to overpower Apple’s lead? My opinion is it will because of the abundance of legacy programs and the desire of users to keep running what they know best. For them it’s tomato.
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