Meanwhile, Microsoft has started to address the flagging numbers at its app store by throwing money at the problem.
The company announced last week that it will start paying U.S. developers $100 per app published at the Windows Store or Windows Phone Store. App postings per developer are capped at ten for each store.
Neverthless, Microsoft may be finding itself in a "chicken and egg" situation.
Developers won't be attracted to the app store until they can do some volume business there, and that can't happen until Microsoft sells more Windows 8 hardware.
It can't do that, though, unless it has the kind of apps that make consumers not only buy Windows 8 hardware, but use the new operating system's interface, which is optimized for the apps and not resort to using legacy programs in "desktop" mode.
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