How Microsoft will let desktop apps in to the Windows Store

Microsoft has already announced that the Windows Store feature in Windows 8 would list a selection of desktop apps. However, the store front would not provide a way to directly download them like Windows Store does for Windows 8 Metro apps. Late on Friday, the official Windows Store blog posted up a new entry with more information on how desktop app developers can have their products listed in the Windows Store.

As we have reported before, desktop apps that appear in the Windows Store must provide a link to download those apps outside the Windows Store user interface. In order to submit desktop apps for a possible listing, a developer must first download and run the Windows App Certification Kit on their desktop app. After the developer submits the results of the certification kit to Microsoft, the company will then either approve or reject the results. If Microsoft approves the results, the developer then sends the listing for the desktop app; it must include information about the app and a URL link to where people can download and/or purchase the app.

Desktop app developers must also set a price for their product (even if it's free) and also must decide which of the many global markets the desktop app can be sold. Microsoft provides a check box page to let customers known which countries and languages the app will support.

Microsoft adds:

During the app submission process, we request that you supply a URL for users who need the x86 version of an app and one for those who need the x64 version. For Release Preview, both URL fields are required, and should correspond to the version of Windows that a user is running. If the acquisition page is the same for both, we recommend that you use the same URL in both fields. The Windows Store detects whether a user is running the x86 or x64 version of Windows, and users can only see apps that correspond to this version.

Source: Microsoft Store blog | Image via Microsoft

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How often will MS check the link. Couldn't someone technically submit a decent app that passes checks, and then change the app later at the same link? Or does this just take them to the download page but not actual auto download. Although either way, it seems MS could keep things safer if they just hosted desktop apps as well.

Mercuie said,
How often will MS check the link. Couldn't someone technically submit a decent app that passes checks, and then change the app later at the same link?

Doesn't really matter if Microsoft hosts desktop apps, Microsoft still can't verify the safety. The app developer can easily program it to download malicious code at a later date, perhaps exactly one year after installation.

If only a tiny fraction of the existing apps are listed on the store, along with all the new Metro apps, stores for other platforms will look anemic in comparison.

Was expected since Office 2010 is provided this way.

This makes the store better, because even though there are little metro apps, this will make you psychologically think that there are millions and millions of applications ready for you to be downloaded in the Windows Store (which is a good thing, and is somewhat true), and this will make the user feel assured of himself that everything he'll be needing will be right there at the Windows Store

This is a great idea of corralling all of those useful bits of freeware into a list that users can browse at their leisure.

I like the Metro interface and everything, but expecting people to only or even mostly use Metro apps is idiotic in my opinion. I rarely, if ever, use the Metro applications if for the simple fact that I have desktop applications that do everything better. I think they should include desktop apps in the store for download too.

De.Bug said,
I like the Metro interface and everything, but expecting people to only or even mostly use Metro apps is idiotic in my opinion. I rarely, if ever, use the Metro applications if for the simple fact that I have desktop applications that do everything better. I think they should include desktop apps in the store for download too.

i dont think they have ever said they are expecting people to use mostly metro apps.
myself im 90% of the time on the desktop with a metro app running on the side or background. its very easy to use win 8 with out even touching metro apps.

De.Bug said,
I like the Metro interface and everything, but expecting people to only or even mostly use Metro apps is idiotic in my opinion.

When did Microsoft ever say that? Nobody is expecting that.

I still think Microsoft should open the store to x64 apps, that way if the developer feels compelled to do so, they can upload the app to ensure customers are downloading safe software.

Dot Matrix said,
I still think Microsoft should open the store to x64 apps, that way if the developer feels compelled to do so, they can upload the app to ensure customers are downloading safe software.

What is safe software? That's an impossible task to determine with native code.