While Microsoft has not yet released its latest operating system Windows 8, the company has already added a high-profile application for the new OS to its Windows Store: Digital streaming service Netflix released an app on Saturday.
Available at the Windows Store, the Netflix app is free to download, but requires a Netflix subscription to use. Subscriptions cost $7.99 a month, with a free first month for a new subscriber.
Users running a prerelease version of Windows 8 can check out the Netflix app, but most people will have to wait until Windows 8 officially launches on Oct. 26.
Currently, the app has 76 ratings and an overall score of a little more than four of five stars. So it appears users running the prerelease version of Windows 8 are already very happy with the experience. There’s no reason to think they wouldn’t be, either. Netflix also has apps available for Android and Apple operating systems, and the number of downloads for them easily reaches into the tens of millions.
While PC users may be very happy with the app, tablet users will enjoy the experience even more. The Netflix app, like its Android and Apple counterparts, was designed with touch screens in mind, meaning that it was build especially for devices such as the Microsoft Surface. Some reports indicate the Surface will begin shipping on Oct. 26, the same day as Windows 8.
The early presence of such a high-profile app is far from surprising. Microsoft has repeatedly pointed to plans to have more than 100,000 apps in the Windows Store just three months after the launch of Windows 8, as recently noted by PCWorld.
[T]o reach our goal, a conservative estimate of 400 million units in marketplace by July 1, we know we have to have a healthy ecosystem of apps,” Keith Lorizio, Microsoft’s vice president of U.S. sales and marketing, said in an interview with Beet.TV. “We’re putting millions of dollars against that effort and working with publishers to get their apps live as soon as possible.”
However, the number of apps available for Windows 8 may not be as high as for some other systems. To put Microsoft's goal in perspective, Apple and Android have libraries of 700,000 and 650,000 apps in their respective stores.
Eric Brown is an IBTimes reporter who eats far too much pizza. He is a graduate of Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, and currently resides in Brooklyn.