Windows 8 App Store Screens Leaked

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
    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.
  • Verrin
    Reminds me of the Ubuntu Software Center.
  • fir_ser
    It appears that for every platform there will be an App Store, and that’s the trend these days.
  • back_by_demand
    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 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?

  • Alsone
    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.
  • joytech22
    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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • SteelCity1981
    Cloud is going to be the next big thing, while personal OSes will become the thing in the past.
  • Thunderfox
    back_by_demandTIt's called Why the hell would you go anywhere else?
    Because they don't have porn?