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I agree and it's worth saying that PhoneGap lets you do things you can't do in the browser. It's not simply giving you a browser without chrome, but access to the devices hardware and storage capabilities, also stuff like arbitrary networking support (sockets) can be done. It's kind of like the middle between web development and full native development.
@Bass: The Windows 8 runtime is technically the better choice, almost universally so. But, it is not and will not ever be as ubiquitous as the competition. The only thing you could do to counter this trend is to stick the core OS into microsoft open technologies. But, the CLR is there and it didn't set the world on fire. Who knows?
Every couple of years there is a new version of Windows. If Windows 8 were to get 51% of the market share, of all web browsing capable devices, it wouldn't be long before Windows 9 comes out. I guess I should never say never. But, it seems as improbable as anything else.