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#1 Sir Topham Hatt

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Posted 01 September 2013 - 09:05

After buying a new notebook, I am discovering Windows 8.

Took a look in the forum but couldn't find any specific answers to this but is it better to have programs or apps?  I am thinking programs.

 

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Best Answer +Frank B. , 01 September 2013 - 09:19

The way I see it you have Modern UI applications, and desktop programs. Of the two I use only the latter on Win8.x. The modern UI apps are on the whole nice to look at, but offer no benefit over desktop programs.

 

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#2 Aheer.R.S.

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Posted 01 September 2013 - 09:07

There's a difference?

(I thought a program was an app(lication))



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Posted 01 September 2013 - 09:19   Best Answer

The way I see it you have Modern UI applications, and desktop programs. Of the two I use only the latter on Win8.x. The modern UI apps are on the whole nice to look at, but offer no benefit over desktop programs.

 

YMMV.



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Posted 01 September 2013 - 12:31

Application programs / applications / programs

 

app:

App is short for application software but is frequently used to mean mobile app (more specific) or computer program (more general).

- Wikipedia

 

app:

Since the late-2000s, the term "app" has been bastardized by Apple and other Apple wannabes to specifically mean a software program that you can buy at the "App Store" or variations thereof. In fact "applications" have been freely available online since the advent of the Internet and this concept is completely foreign to the majority of "app" buyers.

- Urban Dictionary



#5 vetneufuse

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Posted 01 September 2013 - 12:35

Application programs / applications / programs

 

app:

App is short for application software but is frequently used to mean mobile app (more specific) or computer program (more general).

- Wikipedia

 

app:

Since the late-2000s, the term "app" has been bastardized by Apple and other Apple wannabes to specifically mean a software program that you can buy at the "App Store" or variations thereof. In fact "applications" have been freely available online since the advent of the Internet and this concept is completely foreign to the majority of "app" buyers.

- Urban Dictionary

even the urban dictionary def is wrong.. Apple has called and application and "app" ever since they started using it as a file extension (which was commonly seen starting in OSX... (Ex: mail.app) like DOS used Exe as the extension for an "application" aka an "executable"



#6 Phouchg

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Posted 01 September 2013 - 13:30

even the urban dictionary def is wrong.. Apple has called and application and "app" ever since they started using it as a file extension (which was commonly seen starting in OSX... (Ex: mail.app) like DOS used Exe as the extension for an "application" aka an "executable"

 

The definition does not attempt to state origins of the term. It gives the approximate moment of when and why the use of this term migrated to all other platforms.



#7 Anibal P

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Posted 01 September 2013 - 14:04

Depending on what it's for I use both, Metro apps have their uses no matter what the haters say, just use the best program you can find be it an App or a separate program



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Posted 01 September 2013 - 14:21

Use "apps" for simple things like checking the weather or getting a definition of "app."

 

Use programs for everything else.

 

Or skip apps entirely and just get that info off the web. If your laptop can do location based stuff, maybe the apps would be more useful like they are on a smartphone.



#9 Albert

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Posted 01 September 2013 - 14:30

an app is a program. a progam is not necessarily an app. confused? wait till you throw 'software' into the mix.



#10 Rohdekill

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Posted 01 September 2013 - 14:35

I refer to (almost all) apps as "stupid-ified" programs:  limited options/features; commonly developed for minimum specs and bare minimum intelligence to operate.



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Posted 01 September 2013 - 14:54

appz ;)