Windows 8 Metro apps will be Windows Store exclusive

By Jos · 9 replies
Sep 20, 2011
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  1. Microsoft has all but confirmed that the Windows Store will be the only place to get Metro-style apps for Windows 8. The company says a centralized distribution will allow better…

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  2. I'm not sure how I feel about this yet. If Metro is never used on the desktop then I won't mind because it seems more appropriate that these types of app stores are on the tablet form factor. But the activation limit? What the hell is that about? I'm looking forward to Windows 8 but right now it looks like I'll be staying desktop-exclusive in Windows 8.
  3. So now you have a potential customer (small company) who wants aan app with Metro interface for a company. You just paid lots of US$ to buy Visual Studio. Then your customer must buy it trough trom you through App store and MS gets 30% unless your customer pays a lot of $$$ as an enterprise customer from Microsoft.". These kind of greedy business practices kill the creativty of entrepreneural developers and freelance developers.
  4. well once again microsoft is ignoring common sense.
    they don't understand that Apple is Apple, and they are peaches.
    what is wrong with tech companies going on a backward trend.
  5. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    Aw, HELL no!

    If I wanted a walled garden I'd shove a screwdriver up my nose, wiggle it around and buy a Mac.

    I stopped downloading Windows because I did not want to mess around with all the workarounds and crap, now I'm going to have to jailbreak my Windows? Seriously?

    If I'm going to have to engage in various shenanigans to bypass this kind of junk, then I'm probably going to go full boat and just engage in those shenanigans period. And I probably won't be the only one.

    You want to lose my business MS? Keep it up.
  6. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,147   +915

    Agreed! Love the bit about sticking a screwdriver up your nose! Classic ;)

    I think one of the main reasons Microsoft's OS's have been such a hit around the world over is because they don't have a centralised store that everything has to come from, I can currently go down to almost any tech store and buy software, if they take the same route as Apple, then I feel they are pretty doomed.
  7. tehbanz

    tehbanz TS Enthusiast Posts: 183   +10

    Great another frikkin store. One more place to give your CC info to, one more place to get potentially pwned and my cc info compromised, one more way for M$ to make $$ from apps that aren't theirs. One more reason I switched to linux.

    Look at that too, the "games" section $8 for a shitty IOS-like game? are they insane? (at least based off the screenie)
  8. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    I think this only applies to Metro 'apps' and not full fledged software that you'd run in your regular Windows desktop mode. You'll still be able to buy desktop apps from whoever is selling them the cheapest.
  9. yukka

    yukka TechSpot Paladin Posts: 861   +67

    This is the same setup as Windows Phone. You write apps and upload to the marketplace. Everyone can search the apps, download trials then buy the full versions. It means anyone can write a good app for the Windows tablet and there is a good chance people will be able to find it and buy it. It's different and I can see the issues but I also work in an enterprise so we will build our own apps and sideload anyway.
  10. If Microsoft were serious about building up a great set of Metro apps then they should be paying me to develop on their platform, not the other way around! Good luck M$, you're gonna need it :)

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