I don't think that enterprise level applications are going to be app store type apps, in any case. I just can't see that happening no matter what.
And if Microsoft and Adobe and all the big players decide that going through an app store is what they want to do (less chance of piracy or license violations, easier to get your money, and it helps keep the independent developers out
), what real workable
alternatives will "enterprise" customers have? Switch over to Linux? Yeah right. They can do that now. Oh wait! No Windows or Apple app store? Ouch! No legal way to get things like InDesign, Photoshop, or MS Excel. Even if you are running some flavor of Debian.
Point is, if Microsoft goes that route, it's far easier for enterprise customers to go along than it is for them to retool over to a new OS and a new set of core applications. Especially since Microsoft has already announced plans to allow big corporate users to run what amounts to their own app store in-house.
The only thing that will deep six the whole app store/Metro plan is if it does a complete crash and burn financially for Microsoft. And right now, the jury's out on if it will. Most consumers don't seem to care (or understand) what's happening. And as long as Microsoft makes some technical and policy accommodations for the big players, they won't be objecting much either.
Simple fact is that war has been declared on the personal computer
. The big software companies want devices that can only run their software. And the governments of the world seem to be interested in removing as much power from this technology as possible now that it's demonstrated how empowering it is for the general population. Since many of these governments lack the legal and moral authority to restrict this technology, they'll do it by fiat by allowing software publishers, telcos, and hardware manufacturers to lock things down as much as possible.
People used to worry that the age of an open internet was coming to a close? Well, it's a lot worse than that. The age of being able to own a general purpose and totally unrestricted personal computer is also coming to a close if this trend continues.
Note: Still sounds crazy? Then consider this - most of the major record labels have recently announced they plan to discontinue producing CDs after 2012 and switch completely over to digital distribution. No more hard media! I'm sure the movie industry will follow along shortly. Big boon for the tecos and ISPs too. Especially now that it's becoming obvious you'll virtually be required to have a fast and expensive internet connection to do anything.
So here's a bit of a carrot/stick. It won't just be traditional software. It will also be entertainment that gets dragged along for the ride. So choose your new 'computer' wisely. And plan on applying for your federally issued online 'access and use' license early. There's bound to be a rush once they're required...