Microsoft Shows Off Windows Store Apps

Microsoft has given us some details of the Windows Store for Windows 8 which will go live with the launch of the Windows 8 public beta which is arriving next Febraury.

Last week we reported on conflicting claims on when the public beta would arrive and while detailing the new Windows Store, Microsoft has confirmed that Windows 8 Beta will be coming in February.

Windows Store will be the sole source of apps for Windows 8 and will offer apps costing between $1.49 and $999 with the Redmond company taking a 30 per cent share initially, with that changing to an 80/20 split once the app does $25,000 of business.

The Windows Store will have the Metro UI users will be used to from the general Windows 8 interface and it has been designed for easy app discovery according to Microsoft.

In-app transactions will also have a 70/30 split but only if apps use Microsoft’s own billing system. If they use PayPal for example (like eBay does) then Microsoft gets nothing.

The Windows Store will be available in 231 different markets around the world and 40 different currencies will be used, offering developers the chance to set different prices in different markets.

Enterprise apps will be available in the general Windows Store, but enterprises can choose to limit access to the Windows Store catalogue by their employees. In addition, enterprises can choose to deploy Metro style apps directly to PCs, without going through the Store infrastructure.

Developers will have to stump up $49 for an account in the Windows Store and they will be able to get apps in the Store for the launch in February.

You will be able to trial apps and if you want to purchase the full app, you will be able to do so from within the app itself. Developers will also be able to make their apps discoverable by Internet Explorer 10 and let websites link directly to the app.

Are you looking forward to yet another way of purchasing apps? Do you think the lowest price point of $1.49 is a little too high? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Source: Windows Store Blog

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