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#1 bogas04

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Posted 16 June 2012 - 10:45

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#2 George P

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Posted 16 June 2012 - 10:51

Nice, as expected. I figure many of the well known desktop apps will go into the store, I'm sure even if you don't use it you know about WinZip. I personally use WinRAR though.

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Posted 16 June 2012 - 13:12

"Go to developer's website".. That's just ridiculous!

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Posted 16 June 2012 - 13:26

"Go to developer's website".. That's just ridiculous!

I know; why have it in the App Store if you can't get it from there. Oh, I guess I can just open my browser and go to winzip.com. If you can't obtain it there, it's not a store, it's just advertising. Of course, you get ads on many of the new Metro apps. With music, for example. I don't care about the brainless idiot pop music being churned out, I just want to play my music. But now, it's like my PC is just another conduit for advertising.

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Posted 16 June 2012 - 13:58

I know; why have it in the App Store if you can't get it from there. Oh, I guess I can just open my browser and go to winzip.com. If you can't obtain it there, it's not a store, it's just advertising. Of course, you get ads on many of the new Metro apps. With music, for example. I don't care about the brainless idiot pop music being churned out, I just want to play my music. But now, it's like my PC is just another conduit for advertising.


I think that desktop apps will work fine on the store but they need to improve the store first. If they will allow filtering the desktop apps (or other outside-the-store link 'apps'), then it's fine. I'm saying it will work because instead of typing the specific app's website, the average users will be presented with the available apps including ratings and reviews from other windows users (assuming those reviews will not turn into fanboy/hater threads). I personally would like better sorting (like sorting based on which app had the latest update). I do agree that the store may turn into just an advertising app if not controlled properly.

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Posted 16 June 2012 - 14:03

I'm sure even if you don't use it you know about WinZip. I personally use WinRAR though.

I'm sure even if you don't use it you know about WinRar. I personally use 7Zip though.

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Posted 16 June 2012 - 14:29

"Go to developer's website".. That's just ridiculous!


It was decided like that because most desktop developers for years have had their own licensing, payment and refund models in place in their own stores, many distributing product keys that go along with payments - whereas anything bought in the store doesn't and are tried directly to your Microsoft account and are automatically validated by Windows.

It means the desktop apps get to keep their payment model, they don't have to give Microsoft a 30% share, don't have to recode anything, but they still get listed in the store.

#8 siah1214

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Posted 16 June 2012 - 14:36

God you idiots will hate on ANYTHING. It gives developers exposure that they may not have had, and it's free. When people want apps, they'll go to the app store. Why not provide an avenue for desktop developers to not get forgotten?




#9 CJEric

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Posted 16 June 2012 - 14:53

Yet another 'no-compromise' experience I guess.

#10 mdtaUK

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Posted 16 June 2012 - 14:59

So now Desktop app developers have a place to advertise their apps that comes with all Windows 8 versions, and people still complain?!?!

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Posted 16 June 2012 - 15:09

But isn't the fact that they are still listed in the store good enough? You may discover some great desktop apps that you may not know about once the store gets abundant and I don't see anything wrong with having to download from the vendor's website.

#12 George P

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Posted 16 June 2012 - 16:21

But isn't the fact that they are still listed in the store good enough? You may discover some great desktop apps that you may not know about once the store gets abundant and I don't see anything wrong with having to download from the vendor's website.


This is so true, lots of general users don't know about a number of good apps out there, often they have to dive through web searches to try and find what they want and end up installing crapware or even malware by mistake.

#13 Javik

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Posted 16 June 2012 - 16:26

Again I never thought i'd find myself saying this but Apple's approach to this matter makes more sense. You can buy, install, and update desktop apps from their app store.

#14 arachnoid

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Posted 16 June 2012 - 16:37

Sorry to say MS doenst do anything for free its a buiness and as I see it this is another revenue stream to tap in to a ready market of windows users much akin to the google play store.They will initially make it free to advertise just to fill the shelves up but then the software retailer will see a range of advertising fees arise from the ether to stay listed in the store front.

#15 Javik

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Posted 16 June 2012 - 16:50

Sorry to say MS doenst do anything for free its a buiness and as I see it this is another revenue stream to tap in to a ready market of windows users much akin to the google play store.They will initially make it free to advertise just to fill the shelves up but then the software retailer will see a range of advertising fees arise from the ether to stay listed in the store front.


I'm pretty sure that's not true given that they're allowing people to distribute Metro apps free.



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