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