Microsoft's Windows 8 to Include an App Store Too

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With industry trends clearly moving towards digital distribution, Microsoft will also be making the move with an "App Store" in the upcoming Windows 8. Microsoft introduced the Windows 8 team in a blog post earlier today.

Amongst the different teams listed, Microsoft listed an "App Store" team, seemingly confirming previous evidence from an early Windows 8 screenshot which showed a "Store" button:



Windows 8 is a notable departure from Microsoft's latest desktop operating system, with many interface elements drawing from their Windows Phone 7 platform. The tile-based appearance offers an easy touch interface, while a more traditional desktop interface remains for legacy applications.

Apple has been a strong proponent of the App Store distribution model, moving in that direction faster than its competitors. With OS X Lion, Apple initially launched it as an exclusive App Store download, only offering a USB thumb drive option several weeks later.

Back in February we reported that Apple was making steps towards eliminating boxed software at their retail stores. In late July, Apple discontinued many of their boxed software items, leaving only the digital versions behind.

It's not clear yet if Microsoft will publicly brand their software store as an "App Store", as Apple has not taken kindly of the use of the term by other companies. Microsoft too had opposed Apple's "App Store" trademark application. In retrospect, their motives may have been due to this same intended feature in Windows 8. Microsoft already offers a store for apps called "Marketplace" in Windows Phone 7.

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bojan1987

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Can someone pull out the copy rights.

I am sure that apple will be suing microsoft if this is true unless they by patents for it. it is one of the major add ons that do distinguish the os systems.
The something might happened to microsoft that is happening in the tablet industry.
 

Inakto

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I thought...

I didn't expect this. I would assume every major player would want to differentiate themselves to avoid confusion, just like google has done with the "android marketplace".
 
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Yamcha

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I actually like the interface to Windows 8, but I gotta admit that Windows does seem to follow many of Apple's trends :p.

There are also some rumours going around that Xbox games might be playable on Windows, if that is the case, then amazing :p That would easily beat out the Mac App Store for me..
 

KPOM

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LOL I read that as "Microsoft's Windows 8 to be included in (Mac) App Store too" rofl... I was like... whaat?
That would be funny (Microsoft handing Apple 30% of its Windows revenue). Seriously, though, I wouldn't be surprised if it's just officially called the "Store" or "Windows Store" to avoid trademark disputes with Apple.
 

Drag'nGT

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My God! I'm so shocked!!!! I didn't expect that!
Next you'll tell me they want to open a totally unnecessary series of company stores to sell the same things that all the others do.
 

Erendiox

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Every time I see an article like this, I really do want to give Microsoft the benefit of the doubt when it seems like they're following in Apple's footsteps like some sick puppy. Then I remind myself how they've been doing it all along. What they really need is some of their own ideas.
 

Reach9

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Oh my god... Windows 8 looks like a completely new OS. Where is the windows button? The wallpaper? What's going on? And way too colourful for my taste.

Looks like i'll be sticking with Windows 7!
 

Reach9

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Apple does not deserve exclusive rights to the term 'App Store'. This is almost as stupid as Cadbury wanting to trademark the colour purple, for chocolate wrappers.
I believe it should be called Program Store for Windows. But i agree Apple doesn't deserve exclusive rights to that term.
 

coolbreeze

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I have a WP7 Samsung FOCUS that I pop my SIM in every once in a while. It's neat, but not ready for my full time phone. Has a lot of promise.

I can't, however, imagine this blocky themed OS working in any professional organization. Microsoft's key challenge will be making this OS adaptable to businesses. If it's like a computer version of WP7, they will fail miserably. WP7 works great as a social phone OS that's slick and interesting, but it will not translate well to a professional desktop OS for business.

I want WP7 to succeed and I (like many of you) use Windows for work. I just think MSFT may be trying to be a bit too fancy pants with Windows8. Careful guys...keep it relevant to businesses. Two versions, perhaps (Windows after hours / Windows productivity?). :D
 

stuffradio

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*sigh* Apple fanboys blindly believing Apple invented App stores. Linux had these in 2000-2002. I remember installing Mandrake, Redhat etc. and having sources of software I could get.

Keep believing that Apple invented App stores. Even Microsoft had an app store on their sidekick in 2001 or 2002 called Download Catalog.
 

Regbial

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What an ugly and nonsensical UI... Looks like Microsoft is digging it's own grave.
 

boss.king

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I believe it should be called Program Store for Windows. But i agree Apple doesn't deserve exclusive rights to that term.
It'll probably be Marketplace, like on WP7. And to all the people saying Microsoft is copying Apple, there were app stores before Apples one, they just weren't successful. Not a new concept. Apple copies just like everyone else.
 

chrono1081

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*sigh* Apple fanboys blindly believing Apple invented App stores. Linux had these in 2000-2002. I remember installing Mandrake, Redhat etc. and having sources of software I could get.

Keep believing that Apple invented App stores. Even Microsoft had an app store on their sidekick in 2001 or 2002 called Download Catalog.
Not one person said Apple invented app stores. Where do you see this?

Generally people who use the word "fanboy" tend to make things up...
 
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