Along with pointing out where Microsoft could do better, I’ll also highlight the good things they are doing to try to drum up developer interest in Windows 8. Microsoft is doing a great promotion where the first 2000 apps submitted to the Windows 8 Store and entered through the Generation App site will receive a Samsung Series 7 Slate (tablet). This is very similar to the giveaway at the BUILD conference last year, and contains an i5 processor which gives you enough power where you could plug a keyboard and a mouse in and actually do development work on it, and they typically cost over $1000 so it’s a nice prize.
For some reason it seems like it’s hard to actually find links to this promotion but you can get there through this link:
This promotion is unfortunately only for US residents, I know there are a lot of complaints every time this happens and I wish Microsoft could figure out a way to do more global promotions. I assume it has to do with tax laws and country by country rules about contests, but I think the benefit of figuring something out when it comes to this would outweigh any of the extra effort.
So you better hurry, these may be gone quickly.