Posts tagged with Windows Store

Should publishers build Windows 8 apps yet?

Last week, Microsoft finally unveiled the latest version of its operating system, Windows 8.

Any release of the software giant's flagship product is a big deal for Microsoft, but Windows 8 is arguably the biggest product launch in the company's history. Why? Windows 8 is the company's attempt to successfully shift to world in which computing is increasingly touch-driven. And it might very well be be the company's only opportunity to make the shift.

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In run up to Windows 8, Microsoft unveils a new Office

Microsoft is making big, bold bets on its new operating system, Windows 8, which is set for release later this year.

Windows 8 is, in large part, Microsoft's response to a world that is increasingly mobile, and in which tablet devices may be competing with desktops for consumers' computing time.

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Apple's Mac App Store hits 100m downloads

Little more than a year ago, I asked the question, "Will the Mac app store change the desktop software landscape?"

The answer may not yet be obvious, but one thing is for sure: Apple's attempt to bring the app store model to the desktop isn't a flop.

Yesterday, the company announced that less than a year after launching, the Mac App Store has already surpassed the 100m download milestone.

According to Apple, this makes its newest app store "the largest and fastest growing PC software store in the world."

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Microsoft to launch Windows Store for apps

Windows 8 is coming, and it's going to bring more than just a new operating system to users. Perhaps inspired by Apple, Microsoft will be delivering an app store dubbed the Windows Store with the newest version of its OS.

The Windows Store, which Microsoft wants to be the primary distribution hub for Metro style apps, is clearly something Microsoft has high hopes for. In fact, it's one of the reasons Microsoft is calling Windows 8 "the largest developer opportunity, ever."

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