Computer users wondering whether to make the move to Windows 8 may have noticed mixed responses to the new operating system.

Gartner research director Gunnar Berger has been testing out the OS since July and warns that the lack of apps in the Windows Store could hold it back and put users off it.

In a new instalment to his review, Mr Berger explained that when he first tried to move to Android in its early days, he found the app store lacking and therefore made the decision to stick with iOS for a few more years.

"My worry with this gen1 Surface tablet isn’t so much with the tablet or the UI, but what is most likely going to be a weak showing in the Windows Store," he wrote.

"This is one of those things that can’t be avoided; it just takes time for developers to write apps for new platforms. Based on what I've seen from my Win8 slate, I think it'll have some of the basics and probably enough for many users, but a robust app store is still a ways out."

The launch date for Windows 8 has been set for October 26th, with owner Microsoft hoping the new touch-friendly operating system can help boost sales and profits.

Results out this week showed the company's sales in the third quarter of 2012 dipped by eight per cent compared with the same period last year, a fall that was blamed on poor computer sales and deferred revenue from pre-purchased copies of Windows 8 and the newest version of Microsoft Office.

Chief executive officer at the organisation Steve Ballmer commented: The launch of Windows 8 is the beginning of a new era at Microsoft. Investments we've made over a number of years are now coming together to create a future of exceptional devices and services, with tremendous opportunity for our customers, developers and partners."ADNFCR-1220-ID-801473091-ADNFCR
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