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Windows 8 Apps Only Available From Windows Store

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Windows 8 Windows Store

Windows seems to be heading down a similar road to Apple by locking down where you will be able to access apps from, when the new Metro-style Windows 8 launches next year.

Last week we saw Microsoft show off the new Windows 8 interface on devices from tablets to desktop PCs, based on both ARM and x86 processors. Now a new post on the Windows 8 Developer blog specifically points out that if you want to find and download Metro-style apps then the new Windows Store will be the only legitimate place to go.

In a move which replicates Apple’s insistence that everyone buys their iOS apps through iTunes, Microsoft promises that this will mean the apps will be easier to find as they will all be in one central location.

It also promises that there will be easier enforcement of software trials and allow for in-app purchases, a feature only recently introduced in iOS and Android.

Windows 8 Windows Store

Microsoft promises rigorous testing of all apps submitted to the Store and this should ensure that the Windows Store won’t have the same amount of dross found initially in the Android Market.

Developers and enterprise users will be the only exceptions to the rule, and will be allowed to side-load apps not approved by Microsoft.

This restriction only applies to those apps which are designed specifically for the Metro-style UI with those looking to download desktop apps for Windows 8 still able to do so as normal – though they may also be available in the Windows Store as well as from manufacturers and retailers.

Windows 8 Windows Store

We, for one, like the fact that the apps which will be available for the Metro-style UI will have to be subject to testing by Microsoft, as it means that once in the Windows Store, we know they are trustworthy and reliable.

Let us know if you would have preferred a more open system or if the Windows Store model appeals to you..

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September 21, 2011, 7:34 pm

Personally i don't like it.

I don't like that it's signs of things to come, with Windows becoming ever more closed and restricted where EVERY single thing i want/need will have to be monitored and checked rather than me just getting it the traditional way.

Yes it's only for Metro (for now) but i can see that if this is successful then developers will want it for the traditional desktop too, in which Microsoft will cave to capitilism and the traditional way of downloading things at free will will be lost.

Call me sceptical be i don't like the way this will end up in the future, just seems like there will be no privacy where there will be records of everything i download and buy, which will probably be sold so they can advertise to me on something i have bought.

ALSO what the **** is up with call everything Apps!.... there programs for god sake


September 21, 2011, 8:32 pm

Plus side maybe just maybe more quality. Down side when has Microsoft really been nimble and quick on its feet?

Android as rough and ready as it is does work and does have some good apps, Apple as regulated as it is does have some real stinkers - so both models aren't right or wrong.

What I do not want is Microsoft, Apple or any one else gaining an absolute power of censorship that should be left to the legislator not private institutions.

I must say it always cracks me up how when you download a browser from Apple you have to click an age waiver - just in case you use it to look at something rude or questionable. That really is a cynical ploy of keeping the moral high ground but still giving in to mammon.


September 22, 2011, 12:30 pm

So if customers come to expect and demand the Metro UI, then that's the end of traditional retail software distribution? (Aside from the specialist market: developers, creative professionals... can't see those apps going all Metro.)

No PC World, no Amazon. No price competition.

If Apple hadn't done it first, this would be condemned as monopolistic. And probably will be now MS is involved.


September 22, 2011, 12:35 pm

I don't like it one bit. I think Palm ultimately hit the right balance with WebOS, where the default was a walled garden, but where they also made it relatively easy for users to install homebrew programs if they wanted. It'd all be fine if Microsoft were to make it as easy as Palm did to switch your device to developer mode, but I have a sinking feeling that 'developer mode' will only be available to people with an MSDN account.


September 22, 2011, 1:59 pm

This is not a good thing. It doesn't take a genius to realise which programs are the most rigorously tested or stable; simply go where the reviews are positive. Any problems with popular software are generally fixed very quickly by the developer / community. That's why I prefer Windows.

There would be nothing to stop Microsoft running the tests and store as an extra, however this lock down will only hamper and restrict the numerous freeware developers who might not have the incentive to go through approval process expecially as this prevents beta programs. I use several freeware progs that are excellent. E.g. ps3 media server (dlna), Media Portal and associated plugins (HTPC), poweroff.exe for wake on lan, Startup Delayer etc. etc.

I'm concerned there will be less choice and less freeware if we wish to use the new UI. We pay a lot for operating systems already without being locked in. Hopefully someone will release a free, popular equivalent to the new UI. Doesn't Microsoft have a responsibility to push competition forward in OS software given their dominance of the market?


September 22, 2011, 2:07 pm

How I wish there were a competing operating system for PCs backed by a big company like Google (not cloud based) that was at least compatible by default with Windows XP programs. If there are problems with using XP source code, I suggest the legislators and regulators have a responsibility to introduce a fix for that so we can have some honest competition in the market for OSs.

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