It’s A Mighty Hard Road To App Store Success. A bit of news that squeaked out during the Win8 festivities was the launch of the Microsoft app store.
In the version of the software I was using, the app has always been there but it wasn’t available until today. To be clear, the app store here is still in its absolute infancy and is, at best, a hall of demos for various app providers. The real test of Windows 8 will be the adoption of the OS’s new design paradigms. While everyone will eventually have to fix their apps to reflect Win8′s major architecture changes, there is going to be a lot of hand-holding until the Win9 (potentially) destroys all vestigial Windows cruft. For example, Windows 8 still uses a legacy version of the registry inside Windows 8, a necessary evil required by many applications. Microsoft knows this yet the Windows business model won’t allow for anything different. All is not lost. In the end, Microsoft is facing a hard, long road. Développement d'applications de style Metro. Previewing the Windows Store - Windows Store for developers. Hi.
I’m Antoine Leblond, Vice President of Windows Web Services. This is the first post in our new Windows Store blog, which will be dedicated to informing developers both on the progress of the Store as a service, and the platform and economic opportunity the Store represents. In September, we announced the Windows Store as part of Windows 8 and the distribution point for Metro style apps. And today, at our Store Preview event in San Francisco, we described the app policies and business terms for the Store, both of which are now published to our Dev Center.We also announced our First Apps contest for developers, and confirmed that we’re also inviting a select set of developers to submit Metro style apps for inclusion in the Beta version of the Store. We’re also proud to publish the Store’s developer-first economics—with up to 80% revenue share for apps sold through our platform. As with the Building Windows 8 blog, this is a dialog.
. - Antoine Designed for discovery Reach Enterprise Ads. Why Windows Store is a double-edged sword for developers. Microsoft added fuel to speculations about its consumer-business prowess on Tuesday with the preview of its forthcoming Windows Store that will accompany Windows 8, but there’s a more fundamental issue facing Microsoft than whether consumers will buy Windows 8 tablets and phones.
Unless it’s going to be filled with all Microsoft apps, the new store needs developers, which might be hard for Microsoft to come by as it competes for talent against Apple’s App Store and the Android Marketplace. According to one source, the Windows Store represents a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it’s necessary to transition Microsoft into the age of tablets and other devices for which programmers — often younger and not very fond of Microsoft — want to use lightweight languages and write new kinds of apps. On the other hand, the new process might alienate the 5 million existing .NET developers. In a world of walled gardens, however, that run-anywhere vision rarely pans out. Why Windows 8 is Microsoft’s most vital launch in years. Microsoft Windows was a fact of life for an entire generation raised on the PC.
But we live in a different world now, and perhaps nothing underscores how much that world has changed more than the fact that the version of Windows that Microsoft is getting ready to launch this year is its most important product launch in decade s. It has been 17 years since the general public was genuinely excited by a new version of Windows: people actually lined up to buy Windows 95 like it was the iPhone or something. Years of meandering followed: Windows ME was a joke, Windows XP was an updated but essentially similar experience to Windows 95, Windows Vista was an attempt to correct XP’s security issues but turned into a joke of its own, and Windows 7 was what Vista should have been yet failed to inspire. In the meantime, Apple and Google captured the attention of software developers and the public with mobile computers built around iOS and Android.
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Build 2011: First Glimpse of the Windows 8 App Store - ReadWriteCloud. There will be an apps store platform built into Windows 8, and there will be a self-service mechanism for developers to publish their wares and make money from them.
That much, we know. We do not know yet how the licensing arrangements will be worked out with Microsoft - in other words, how much of a cut the company will get. This may not yet have been decided. Will Windows 8 Have An App Store?