Microsoft officially confirms the existence of a Windows 8 App store

One bit of Windows 8 that has been circling around the web for sometime is the inclusion of an App store. We have seen the leaked slides and the little tidbits from the AllthingsD presentation but neither have come out and said, “we will have an app store”.

In the latest post on the B8 (Official BUILD blog), Steven Sinofsky has indicated that there is officially an App Store team. While this news isn’t ground breaking or previously unknown, it is the first public official acknowledgement of the team.

We are well aware that this information has been uncovered in the leaked information, but this post officially announces the team to the public. Exactly what the App store will look like, how it will function cross platform and how Microsoft will innovate with the App store is still unknown.

The post also lists many of the other teams that are behind Windows 8. As you can imagine, it takes many talented minds to put together a new operating system. The entire post can be read here.

We can expect to learn a lot more about Windows 8 with the upcoming BUILD conference in early September. Neowin will be on the ground at the event to bring you all the information revealed at the conference as it happens.

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Personally, there's only one thing I'd like to see from a Windows app store, and that is that applications should be able to plug into some API exposed from the store to verify whether updates are available and what-not.

That way, we can get rid of all individual update checkers that people have running all the time on their systems.

There's elements of potato potahto - and both sides of the fence will argue the grass isn't greener on the other side.... but nearly all the new touted features of Lion are already in WIndows7.

Features such as Full screen applications / Previous Versions / Multi-touch gestures and "better email!?" aren't new or revolutionary - and admittedly is why the upgrade cost a mere $29, anything more would have been extortion.

The AppStore is arguably the biggest missing feature from Windows - and I wouldn't be surprised if along with Windows 8 we see a -free- update adding the feature to Windows 7... it's incredible that they managed to turn a feature designed to make the OS manufactures even more money into a paid must have feature.

I have a suggestion for them. If they are going to make an app store, combine it with windows update and push video driver updates like an app. But in a different menu ofcource.

Zain Adeel said,
I have a suggestion for them. If they are going to make an app store, combine it with windows update and push video driver updates like an app. But in a different menu ofcource.

A little update for you: Drivers are pushed through "Windows/Microsoft Update" for ages…

Xenosion said,
Better watch out Microsoft, Apple is gonna sue you if it's too like theirs.

Apple will also sue you for calling it the "app store" since they think app stands for Apple... even though their stocks name is APPL and everyone else in the world know app means application

ShareShiz said,

Apple will also sue you for calling it the "app store" since they think app stands for Apple... even though their stocks name is APPL and everyone else in the world know app means application

If i use the term app, everyone thinks im talking about stupid mobile applications. Nobody thinks about dekstop application's these days.

ShareShiz said,

Apple will also sue you for calling it the "app store" since they think app stands for Apple... even though their stocks name is APPL and everyone else in the world know app means application

Actually it's AAPL.

Xerax said,
If i use the term app, everyone thinks im talking about stupid mobile applications. Nobody thinks about dekstop application's these days.

So a company should be sued based on what the stupidest people think the term means?

bugsbungee said,
The App Store model is a good one, why not?

So now all of the sudden it's a good one, yet when another company that will go unnamed launched it on their desktop platform it was the worse idea ever and a waste of time.

Edrick Smith said,

So now all of the sudden it's a good one, yet when another company that will go unnamed launched it on their desktop platform it was the worse idea ever and a waste of time.

I just want to say that I thought it was a good idea when Apple did it too. I think the ****yness came from people not understanding that you would still be able to install software the old fashioned way, that is to say by using a 3rd party source (be it internet, CD, DVD etc)

Edrick Smith said,

So now all of the sudden it's a good one, yet when another company that will go unnamed launched it on their desktop platform it was the worse idea ever and a waste of time.


It seems like the Mac App Store haters are a no-show when Microsoft does it. Frankly I'm shocked.

bdsams said,
These are teams, not features....that doesn't say either way but keep that in mind.

Yeah, but I'm wondering if that team's the developers of Protogon. (Yeah, I just noticed I accidentally called it Paragon, not Protogon.)

MASTER260 said,

Yeah, but I'm wondering if that team's the developers of Protogon. (Yeah, I just noticed I accidentally called it Paragon, not Protogon.)

Better than Renegade

jmc15john said,
They should name it Windows Ocho.

What about Windows TNT?
TNT stands for Tablet NT, not for what you are thinking (well, perhaps... )

robert_dll said,

What about Windows TNT?
TNT stands for Tablet NT, not for what you are thinking (well, perhaps... )

Would be bad as a general name as they aim 8 for all types of devices. The Tablet Edition could be named TNT though - I honestly doubt it^^

I really hope Microsoft releases some information for developers soon... It sounds like they're going to be changing a lot around.

M_Lyons10 said,
I really hope Microsoft releases some information for developers soon... It sounds like they're going to be changing a lot around.

BUILD is soon right? I'll bet there will be plenty of Dev stuff then