PreApps lets people preview upcoming Windows 8 apps

The Windows Store for Windows 8 is still well behind other app storefronts such as iOS and Android in terms of the number of apps in their catalog, and the quality of many of the apps in the store is lacking as well. Now there's word that a startup company is offering a way for Windows 8 app developers, as well as other app makers, to give public previews of their apps before they are officially released to the official storefront.

The company is called PreApps, and now Information Week reports that Microsoft has entered into a partnership with the Boston-based company that will make it easier for Windows 8 app developers to join the program. From now until April 11th, those developers will be able to get a "User Feedback" account on PreApps, which normally costs $24.99, for free. You will need a promo code which Microsoft provides via this blog post to get the free offer.

The User Feedback level lets app developers receive customer feedback for their apps, view and delete any comments, and more. PreApps has two more account levels that give app developers even more features.

PreApps CEO and founder Sean Casto stated in an interview that PreApps is the only place where app developers can get the word out on their work and receive feedback prior to its formal release "unless you have a website and money for a PR campaign." It will be interesting to see if the free offer from Microsoft will encourage Windows 8 app developers to submit their creations to PreApps.

Source: Information Week | Image via PreApps

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"The Windows Store for Windows 8 is still well behind other app storefronts such as iOS and Android in terms of the number of apps in their catalog".........

Yes, really???? Both have a head start of say.... three years and more.....

Turn the argment around, and see how many apps there were after 6 months for iOS and Android.

Isn't that a more fair comparison??

I'm not sure how this would help improve the quality or usefulness of the Windows app ecosystem. People are blatantly submitting copy & paste/copycat crap onto the store in hopes that someone installs them and generates ad revenue. Looking through the new releases in games, we have Horse Adventure, Tale of Unicorn, A Fishy Game, Cowjump 2013, and Pig Jump (hint: these are all probably the same recycled game). In Music, we have VLCC Play's, VLCC Play, and VIC MediaPlayer (all trying to rip off VLC). I know this plagues all app stores, but given the app review process, does it really make sense to publish these just to catch up in the App Numbers game? Is this some misguided strategy to try and entice "developers" and hope that some of these people quit trying to exploit the system?

For all the crud out there, we have lots of good stuff. Nook, Netflix, Hulu, Skype, Tweetro, OneNote, Overdrive, Kindle, Plex, Flightaware, Rayman Jungle Run, GuruCool School, Snes8x, Newsbento, Fruit Ninja, Pinball FX2, Star Chart, Reddit to Go, Angry Birds, Adera, Jetpack Joyride, ebay, Bank of America, Allrecipes, Epicurious, Urbanspoon, twitter.. I could go on and on.. but yeah, like any marketplace, there is lots of crap. When you go to Wal-Mart, do you need to buy everything? all those Chinese knockoffs or do you know what you want and go and look for it? DO you go home and blog about how walmart has 5 different crappy cell phones when you only wanted the nokia 920?