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Microsoft Creating App Store for Windows 8?

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Microsoft wants Windows 8 to 'have an app for that' too.

These days the talk of App Stores is all about Apple for its iPhone and iPad, as well as the Android Marketplace for those running the Google Mobile OS. RIM, Palm and Nokia are also players in the apps market, so it's definitely the new way to distribute software.

Microsoft could be planning the same sort of thing, but for the full-blown desktop OS Windows 8. According to the leaked slides, Microsoft wants to make it easy for users "getting applications they want, that they can feel confident in, that they can use on any Windows 8 device."

Windows 8 won't be confined just to the desktop and laptop space; Microsoft is aiming to make the operating system suitable for slates, laptops and all-in-ones. While Windows 7 already accomplishes this, the addition of the App Store makes it more crucial for Microsoft to ably handle software offerings consistently across the various form factors.

(source: MSFTKitchen)

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    back_by_demand , June 30, 2010 9:20 AM
    download.com

    Already exists, next story
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    back_by_demand , June 30, 2010 10:08 AM
    regulasAh and the "We can copy that" continues at the inventive MS. Good to see they are coming up, I mean copying new ideas.

    Apple copied download.com, but charge you for the privilige, so what's the innovation, to take money off people?
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    figgus , June 30, 2010 12:42 PM
    Did anyone else find it amusing that MICROSOFT chose MONOPOLY as the app in the first slide?
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  • 18 Hide
    back_by_demand , June 30, 2010 9:20 AM
    download.com

    Already exists, next story
  • 9 Hide
    leafblower29 , June 30, 2010 9:22 AM
    So it will be like steam?
  • 12 Hide
    Anonymous , June 30, 2010 10:05 AM
    So it's going to be the same as the various Linux package managers?

    Awesome.
  • 16 Hide
    back_by_demand , June 30, 2010 10:08 AM
    regulasAh and the "We can copy that" continues at the inventive MS. Good to see they are coming up, I mean copying new ideas.

    Apple copied download.com, but charge you for the privilige, so what's the innovation, to take money off people?
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    aaruni123 , June 30, 2010 10:27 AM
    Could be a huge success if there are proper incentives for developers. It will be good for developers to have a high profile online store where they can sell their creation.
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    stromm , June 30, 2010 11:19 AM
    The part I hate about "app stores" is where you're forced to use it and unable to install "any app you want".

    As I said in another thread a few days ago, it's only a matter of time before "workstation O/S's" don't allow "just anyone" to create/install software.
  • 7 Hide
    Marco925 , June 30, 2010 12:18 PM
    I'll stick with my freedom. Thanks
  • 2 Hide
    tommysch , June 30, 2010 12:20 PM
    I DONT want any of that app stores crap...
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    mouettus , June 30, 2010 12:21 PM
    "app store" seems to be the cool word right now.

    could be great if they are integrated ala ubuntu software manager. else, it's only getting a thumbs down for me.
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    elbert , June 30, 2010 12:34 PM
    What is M$ thinking? This be seen as an attempt to force IE use. Who will go after them for anti competitive practices? Just about every retailer and they may choice to remove their products from store selves. This would give M$ an unfair advantage in all software sales and will not be tolerated by many governments.
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    Vestin , June 30, 2010 12:38 PM
    That cat in picture 9 sure looks perplexed... I hope the support guy will help him out.
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    nebun , June 30, 2010 12:39 PM
    back_by_demanddownload.comAlready exists, next story


    no it does not. it's good to see that Microsoft is doing this, it will make it a lot easier to buy games and apps, everything will be in one place. The easier it is for people to access the software the more they will download. Very smart decision.
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    nebun , June 30, 2010 12:40 PM
    compfreak93windows 8 3GB of ram recommended


    ram is very cheap these days. o purchased 12gb ddr2 1333MHz a year ago for about $200. stop bitching
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    figgus , June 30, 2010 12:42 PM
    Did anyone else find it amusing that MICROSOFT chose MONOPOLY as the app in the first slide?
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    halls , June 30, 2010 12:48 PM
    nebunram is very cheap these days. o purchased 12gb ddr2 1333MHz a year ago for about $200. stop bitching


    You haven't looked at RAM prices lately, have you?
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    back_by_demand , June 30, 2010 12:53 PM
    nebunno it does not. it's good to see that Microsoft is doing this, it will make it a lot easier to buy games and apps, everything will be in one place. The easier it is for people to access the software the more they will download. Very smart decision.

    For a start it isn't all in one place as existing software and application sites such as www.download.com DO already exist, all this does is add yet another place to get stuff.
    This adds to, not consolidates, choice.

    And since when does www.download.com not exist? It's been around for years, it has (checked today) over 200,000 entries Windows, nearly 31,000 entries for Mac and over 250,000 mobile entries.

    So with nearly half a million programs across all platforms, (including iPhone, Linux, Android, Blackberry, Palm, Windows, Mac, Symbian) from freeware to shareware to pay-for software, tell me again how you think this website doesn't factor as the biggest hitter in the App Store world?
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    nebun , June 30, 2010 1:03 PM
    hallsYou haven't looked at RAM prices lately, have you?


    i meant to say ddr3,lol. yes i have and still think that ram is cheap compared to what it was a few years back. for example take a look at the ssd, the prices used to be outrageous, not just about anyone can afford it, that is if you manage your money well and not spend it on drugs or cancer sticks
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