Remember a couple weeks ago when I suggested waiting to buy a Windows RT tablet until we knew which apps were available? The launch of Windows 8 and arrival of Windows RT tablets this week showed just what a good idea that was.
There’s been a flurry of announcements this week from app makers and silence from a handful. Amazon boasted a couple days ago that their new Windows RT app was not just available but also shipping on tablets made by Samsung, Dell, Lenovo, HP, Acer, and Asus.
At least, that is what ZDNet is reporting. I cannot find any confirmation anywhere else, so I am inclined to take it with a grain of salt. But I do know that the app actually is available.
Update: But I’m not sure how much that is worth; several readers have commented that the early reviews of the Surface tablet include nasty things about the Kindle app. It seems the app is a mess, and that it really should have been held back until the bugs were worked out. I guess Amazon likes to rush things; their webOS app for the HP TouchPad left a lot to be desired. That app was never updated, either.
But there’s no sign of the Nook app for Windows RT, and that has to be at least a little embarrassing to Microsoft and B&N.
I mean, Nook was supposed to be Microsoft’s preferred ebook provider. It was going to “bring world-class digital reading technologies and content to the Windows platform”. Apparently world-class is a synonym for late on arrival, which would explain why Amazon doesn’t qualify.
Rude comments aside, I’m sure Barnes & Noble is working on an app. But this delay also shows that the supposed importance of Nook in the Windows 8 ecosystem was just more marketing BS. Microsoft didn’t care enough about Nook to delay the launch at all.
And if the Windows integration isn’t why MS is interested in Nook, we have to wonder what MS is really hoping to get out of the partnership. Any suggestions?