Windows 8 could have a built-in app store. Some leaked footage from last year below. More infos about the app store after the break. Would you consider buying from a digital software store in the future? What would you be looking for?
There are thousands of applications and programs for Windows 7. There is no major software shop that is well-established (I’m talking about a store as big as the Apple store, of course there are big software stores online, but no market leader). This could be a great chance for Microsoft.
App Store Needs To Be Like Steam Not Like Amazon
If Microsoft can come up with a smartly integrated app store, I’d be willing to buy my software there. I am sure many others would do the same. The main criteria I would be looking for is product management. If the app store is going to be anything like Amazon.com, then it will fail. If it will allow you to buy software through a digital platform, manage your software and possibly even see what your friends are buying – this could become the new Steam – for programs.
Buying all software from one store and having the possibility to download it whenever you want (via the cloud) is something I am looking forward to. Microsoft has a really big chance to cash in on this. Apps a popular, you don’t need to look at Apple’s store to know that. Software is a billion-dollar industry.
My hopes are that they team up with big companies like Adobe to provide software at a discounted price. Valve has done it for games, so Microsoft can do it for software. I’d say it’s a pretty safe bet that they will at least have a basic app store when Windows 8 launches.