Microsoft to provide details on Windows 8 app store on Dec 6

If you have been salivating to find out more about Microsoft's upcoming Windows 8 app store, you will not have to wait much longer. Mary-Jo Foley has posted up that Microsoft will be holding an event on December 6 to discuss the new store and all the good things that will come with it.

Interesting, but probably coincidentally, the event is the same day as the update for the Xbox 360. Microsoft has not said much about the new store other than that it will be the only way to get Metro styled apps and that there will be trial apps as well.

While Microsoft may be late to the OS app store, as Apple has already incorporated the feature, it will allow the company to perfect the model. Being late to the party is not always a bad thing, but you can be sure that many will scream that Microsoft is once again copying Apple, even though the Marketplace long existed before Apple's App store. 

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I just hope the Windows 8 app store is cleaner than the one on Windows Phone. I love Windows Phone but I don't like being bombarded by 20 "hot babes" and kama sutra apps in the entertainment category top sellers list and a bunch of stuff in Chinese in the others. It should know my location and match to either the language of the country or the languages I want to see.

Enron said,
I just hope the Windows 8 app store is cleaner than the one on Windows Phone. I love Windows Phone but I don't like being bombarded by 20 "hot babes" and kama sutra apps in the entertainment category top sellers list and a bunch of stuff in Chinese in the others. It should know my location and match to either the language of the country or the languages I want to see.

I thought WP store was tightly regulated?

Also, for all the people screaming, "Microsoft copied Apple," need I remind you Apple copied Linux. Package managers, anyone?

eventually they will all come out i can bet on that!.. specially a touch based photoshop!.. would be awesome!!!!!!!!! specially with a tablet with pen .... something like a wacom tablet hybrid .. !! my dream device!

Zain Adeel said,
eventually they will all come out i can bet on that!.. specially a touch based photoshop!.. would be awesome!!!!!!!!! specially with a tablet with pen .... something like a wacom tablet hybrid .. !! my dream device!

You'd like the Lenovo X220T then

Estienne Taylor said,
I'm excited to see what Windows AppStore will bring. How I'm in love with Metro style apps.

You can bet for the metro interface, now, I'm wondering if the store will have big applications like Photoshop, Visual Studio, etc...

daniel_rh said,

You can bet for the metro interface, now, I'm wondering if the store will have big applications like Photoshop, Visual Studio, etc...


Only if they release them using the new metro interface

daniel_rh said,

You can bet for the metro interface, now, I'm wondering if the store will have big applications like Photoshop, Visual Studio, etc...

The store will allow companies to list normal applications - though instead of providing the downloads within the sore, the store page will just include a link to the companies website to download the application from.

daniel_rh said,

You can bet for the metro interface, now, I'm wondering if the store will have big applications like Photoshop, Visual Studio, etc...

I hope Microsoft has strict guidelines to how apps are made to get consistency and get developers interested in Metro styled apps.

Ben Dyson said,

Only if they release them using the new metro interface

Too bad Microsoft doesn't give incentives for developers using Metro style apps.

Estienne Taylor said,

Too bad Microsoft doesn't give incentives for developers using Metro style apps.

You mean like free hosting for applications and exposure on the marketplace? That's a pretty big incentive.

Omen1393 said,

You mean like free hosting for applications and exposure on the marketplace? That's a pretty big incentive.

That's easily offset by MS claiming a 30% revenue cut and imposing strict restrictions on what's allowed and what isn't.

thealexweb said,

That's easily offset by MS claiming a 30% revenue cut and imposing strict restrictions on what's allowed and what isn't.

I don't think they've officially said what their revenue cut would be. They backtracked on the 30% figure that leaked before. Let's find out the details on December 6.