Touch Points: Explosion in Touch Devices Has Apps on the Rise

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Wash. — March 6, 2013 —Windows 8 was designed for work and play, for today and into the future. As OEMs have produced a new class of PCs, tablets and all-in-ones with amazing touch experiences that deliver entertainment and productivity, the possibilities for new apps have begun to unfold.

Since the opening of the Windows Store at the launch of Windows 8, the number of apps available has more than quadrupled. Along with major brands such as CNN, Audible, Hulu Plus and Netflix, the Windows Store now features many top games and other entertainment apps such as Angry Birds Space, Music Maker Jam and Skulls of the Shogun. It is the combination of compelling hardware and compelling, relevant apps that really bring this story to life.

The ability of Windows 8 to work across devices is making content more portable, so people can get what they want on whatever device they’re using. Touch is making things more accessible, too: Microsoft’s own research indicates consumers search more often, share more often and multitask more easily on touch-enabled devices.

With more apps being introduced every day, Microsoft News Center has launched a new “App of the Week” series to take a look at some of the latest and greatest. Check out the slide show below for a look at some recent hits, and some of the best hardware to play (and work) with them.