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Windows 8 App Store Screens Leaked

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When you talk about an App Store, right now that usually points to something Apple-related. Apple would love the trademark to that name, but Amazon's fighting that with its own "Appstore" and so is Microsoft – possibly because it will have its own application store soon too.

A leaked screenshot published on ZDNet points to what looks like a Windows application called "Windows App Store." This new feature is believed to be in the works for Windows 8, but the screenshot appears as Windows 7 in theme. If Microsoft were to launch an App Store that will be integrated with Windows 8, it's likely that it will also offer it as an add-on to the growing Windows 7 base.

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    LuckyDucky7 , April 12, 2011 6:44 AM
    Man, it looks dated already. Where's the IE9, this-is-2011-and-we-totally-ripped-of-Linux-but-you'd-never-know-unless-you-ever-see-a-Linux-package-manager look?

    I mean, come on! If it's going to be a place for all your apps it should give you the power to uninstall them as easily as you installed them.
    If it's trying to mimic the usability of the Linux GUI environment it needs to be doing a better job.
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    Verrin , April 12, 2011 6:50 AM
    Reminds me of the Ubuntu Software Center.
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    fir_ser , April 12, 2011 7:33 AM
    It appears that for every platform there will be an App Store, and that’s the trend these days.
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    back_by_demand , April 12, 2011 7:53 AM
    There is already a universal App Store for all operating systems, including mobile ones.

    Over 212,000 for Windows
    Over 31,000 for Mac
    Over 426,000 for Mobile

    It's called www.download.com and it's part of Cnet and it's been going since 1996, it has free software, shareware, trialware and purchase.

    Why the hell would you go anywhere else?

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    Alsone , April 12, 2011 8:05 AM
    Cloud the only thing you need to know why Windows 8 isn't gong to be a success in my opinion. With those who value their security and privacy anyway.

    I have to wonder which idiot at Microsoft had that idea, lets take everyone's private data, files and browsing history etc and store it on the internet where its much more vulnerable to hacking and data theft, and to being covertly accessed by governments.
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    joytech22 , April 12, 2011 8:06 AM
    It seems people have forgotten that the feature isn't finished yet, this is more or less just a alpha version and simplistic because of that reason.

    As verrin said it does resemble the Ubuntu software centre but also mixes in part of Android's app store website.
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    Anonymous , April 12, 2011 8:06 AM
    This look uuuugly! It is most likely not real. MS should have thought this up a decade ago, they need competitors to tell them what to do
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    Anonymous , April 12, 2011 8:18 AM
    I never understand how Apple can sue another company for using the word "app store." Did they think they invent the word app and the word store? Or do they really think the two word can be consider asset of their company.
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    SteelCity1981 , April 12, 2011 8:18 AM
    Cloud is going to be the next big thing, while personal OSes will become the thing in the past.
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    Thunderfox , April 12, 2011 8:57 AM
    back_by_demandTIt's called www.download.com. Why the hell would you go anywhere else?


    Because they don't have porn?
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    SkateNY , April 12, 2011 9:22 AM
    As long as Apple's nominal competitors are content with trying to copy their success, Apple has nothing to worry about.
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    SkateNY , April 12, 2011 9:27 AM
    People don't use CNET for downloads because it no longer is 1998.
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    Anonymous , April 12, 2011 9:28 AM
    An app store on a desktop OS? What a novel concept! Where did Microsoft rip that one from?

    I was interested in Software Center on Ubuntu. I was interested in the Mac App Store for OSX. Microsoft has, yet again, taken an idea and just not improved or branched off from it at all - and that disinterests me.
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    randomizer , April 12, 2011 10:02 AM
    back_by_demandThere is already a universal App Store for all operating systems, including mobile ones.Over 212,000 for WindowsOver 31,000 for MacOver 426,000 for MobileIt's called www.download.com and it's part of Cnet and it's been going since 1996, it has free software, shareware, trialware and purchase.Why the hell would you go anywhere else?

    Is there a download.com phone application? That would truly mkae it the universal "app store".

    AlsoneCloud the only thing you need to know why Windows 8 isn't gong to be a success in my opinion. With those who value their security and privacy anyway.

    Which in reality is only a small number of people. Most people say they care about privacy, but they also use Facebook and tell the world what they are doing and thinking throughout the day. Just don't tap into their unsecured Wifi that is openly broadcasting every email and every password that is sent over a standard HTTP connection out into the street. That's going too far.

    AlsoneI have to wonder which idiot at Microsoft had that idea, lets take everyone's private data, files and browsing history etc and store it on the internet where its much more vulnerable to hacking and data theft, and to being covertly accessed by governments.

    Do you honestly think it is easier to gain access to the contents of a multi-million-dollar corporate datacenter than a home PC filled with spyware?
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    adamboy64 , April 12, 2011 10:58 AM
    Probably all the datacenters in the 'cloud' will just end up in China anyway. Because it'll be far, far cheaper to host them there than anywhere else. And we all know, the wallet speaks loudest.

    And yes, by that time privacy will be non-existent. Seems like it's getting that way now. Hope I turn out wrong.

    The Microsoft App Store looks interesting. Apple should be flattered by this. They really did pioneer this.
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    adamboy64 , April 12, 2011 10:58 AM
    ^ or if not pioneer, Apple certainly bought it into the mainstream.
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    virtualban , April 12, 2011 11:49 AM
    back_by_demandThere is already a universal App Store for all operating systems, including mobile ones.Over 212,000 for WindowsOver 31,000 for MacOver 426,000 for MobileIt's called www.download.com and it's part of Cnet and it's been going since 1996, it has free software, shareware, trialware and purchase.Why the hell would you go anywhere else?

    I'll stick with download.com if presented with a choice, but I like choice.
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    hoofhearted , April 12, 2011 12:16 PM
    Steam is my only appstore. Not cluttered with all this productivity crap.
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    linuxguyit , April 12, 2011 12:29 PM
    Does this mean I can download Firefox without opening IE?
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    dalta centauri , April 12, 2011 12:36 PM
    hoofheartedSteam is my only appstore. Not cluttered with all this productivity crap.

    They have apps? Steam is good and all, but for games and AMD video drivers only.
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