The Scoop on the Windows 8 Software Store

By  |  Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 10:17 am

Microsoft has spilled the beans–lots and lots of them–on the Windows Store app market that will be in Windows 8. Presumably, it would never exist in this form if Apple had never introduced the iPhone App Store. But it does look good, with a slick interface and developer-friendly terms that offer more flexibility and a higher revenue share for programs once they hit $25,000 in sales.

The one thing that bugs me about the Windows Store is that it’s going to be the only way for developers to distribute Windows 8 apps with the new Metro interface to consumers. (Businesses can circumvent it for programs they provide to their own employees.) Am I being inconsistent, considering that I live reasonably happily with Apple’s identical restriction on iOS apps? Maybe. But maybe I’m just grappling with the fact that Microsoft is eliminating a PC feature that’s existed for decades: The liberty to install any program we choose. I’ll reserve further judgement until Windows 8 has shipped and the Windows Store is open–and hope that it, like Apple’s App Store, ultimately feels bountiful rather than limited.


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5 Comments For This Post

  1. JohnFen Says:

    You can’t install any Metro apps you want? Well, that eliminates any interest I have in Metro whatsoever.

  2. John Baxter Says:

    The use of Windows store only for Metro apps was mentioned in June (without the final store name, I think) and September.

    There will likely be waves of hate in January (CES) and February (Win 8 beta), too. I like the idea.

  3. The_Heraclitus Says:

    If a home user can't "side load" that'll be the death knell for MS.

  4. Software store Says:

    Win 8 have many bug..

  5. Microsoft-proj 2010 Says:

    Windows 8 is not so user friendly that the previous one. (win 7)