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Microsoft building App Store for Windows 8

By Matthew Handrahan

Fri 19 Aug 2011 7:30am GMT / 3:30am EDT / 12:30am PDT

Blog post shows three teams working on App Store and the app experience

The new iteration of Microsoft's Windows operating system will have a custom App Store.

A post on the Microsoft Developer Network blog lists all of the teams currently at work on Windows 8 features. The list includes App Store, App Compatibility and Device Compatibility, and App Experience.

"You can look at all the comments and see the incredible demand for new features across a very wide range of scenarios," the post reads.

"Folks want new things, and changes to existing things; they want features to be available globally, to be accessible, and to be super high quality; they want things to work on existing hardware, and to take advantage of the latest new hardware. Our job is to get as much done in as short a time as possible, at a very significant scale."

There are currently 35 Windows 8 feature teams - some of which are outside the US - with between 25 and 40 developers working in each one.

Apple has experienced great success from its App Store, with more than 15 billion apps downloaded since its launch three years ago.

In July, rumours surfaced suggesting that Windows 8 will be the last Microsoft Windows OS. The company allegedly wants to introduce a new operating system that will be common across PCs, mobile phones, consoles, and even televisions.

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Robert Jones Experianced Programmer, Codemasters

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MS to be investiaged by the US DOJ and EU regulators for anti-competative behaviour in 3..2..1..

Posted:5 years ago


Murray Lorden Game Designer & Developer, MUZBOZ

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I really hope Microsoft make a fantastic, user friendly, attractive OS for the next generation of PCs, phones, and yes even TVs (I guess?)...

Posted:5 years ago


Sid Video Game Development

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Like to see more in action than just rumors. Cross platform OS ? interesting .... waiting to see more info about it...

Posted:5 years ago


Andrew Ihegbu Studying Bsc Commercial Music, University of Westminster

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*Shakes head in shame*

Microsoft. Sack Steve Ballmer for christ's sake!

Steve! Stop following Apple and do something innovative for once in your life. Think of the old glory days, DirectX, Win95, something!

So far Windows has created copies of every major move Apple has made with varying levels of success. From "Zune/iPod (fail)" to "WP7/iPhone (Fail)" and occasionally "Win7 taskbar/OSX Finder Bar (Success)".

Everything about Win7 apart from its improved speed undermines the fact that you have a better, faster performing and far more customizable OS than the Mac does and you universality of your system means that the 'Microsoft App Store' (Aka Windows Marketplace with even more DRM).

Oh yeah, that leads me to my next point, ditch the intrusive DRM attempts, unless you can make it as straightforward as Steam.

Posted:5 years ago


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