It’s funny, but as the Windows operating system edges into the spot of #1 software franchise in the world it seems distressingly difficult to promote apps that actually run on it. Let’s face it, the tech world is so focused on Web 2.0 and smartphones that Windows apps just aren’t cool anymore. When we looked around for places to promote KidStarter, we thought for sure there would be a bunch of tech sites that we could promote it on. Yeah… not so much… Other than windowsclient.net WPF Showcase, which is focused at developers and not so much users, and CNET.com, which is going to be featuring Windows 7 apps starting January, the landscape is distressingly bare.
Enter the iPad… Well no, the introduction of the iPad doesn’t do much to promote Windows, but it did start the new trend of tablet devices and guess what’s going to be powering the Microsoft entry in that market? Yep, it’s Windows 7. While it’s too early to say how much of Win7 will be stripped out for that form factor (Windows has a long history being able to strip out functionality for specialized devices), the one thing that is clear is that Windows client software is primed for a comeback. Not only that, but with Windows Presentation Foundation and Silverlight it’s never been easier and more cost-effective to write Windows apps and give them a slick UI that easily rivals anything you’d find on any other platform.