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Microsoft's Windows 8 to Include an App Store Too

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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39 months ago
Stealing from Apple since the beginning and continuing to do so in 2011 and beyond!
Rating: 39 Votes
39 months ago
LOL I read that as "Microsoft's Windows 8 to be included in (Mac) App Store too" rofl... I was like... whaat?
Rating: 37 Votes
39 months ago
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.
Rating: 32 Votes
39 months ago
Windows 8 looks like a piece of ****.
Rating: 31 Votes
39 months ago
*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.
Rating: 28 Votes
39 months ago

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.
Rating: 28 Votes
39 months ago
Seriously, we need to all stop caring about "oh, they just copied ____". or "oh, ____ had that feature first". It's nonsensical. I want products...from any company...that work. If that means they stand on the shoulders of who came before with features, so be it. If Windows wants an application store, why do I care if Apple had one first? If Apple is updating iOS to have more robust notifications, why do I care that Android had it first? Do they want a fricken prize?

Why not take it to the extreme? Why not criticize the iPad for using an LCD screen with "oh, Compaq had LCD screens on their laptops back in the 90's, this is nothing new, Apple is just copying others by using an LCD". Makes as much sense.

Come on...
Rating: 21 Votes
39 months ago

*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...
Rating: 16 Votes
39 months ago

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...


How about posts like this?

Stealing from Apple since the beginning and continuing to do so in 2011 and beyond!


What a shocker.

Microsoft: The Freedom To Innovate. (TM)


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


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".


I am sure that apple will be suing microsoft if this is true unless they by patents for it.

Rating: 14 Votes
39 months ago
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..
Rating: 13 Votes

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