Third-party web version of Windows Store for Windows 8 revealed

While Microsoft does establish web pages for each Windows 8 app that are launched from the Windows Store, the company has yet to offer a way for anyone to browse the selections in the Windows Store in a web browser format. You have to use the Windows Store feature in Windows 8 for that purpose, and even that is limited to the apps for the particular country of each Windows 8 user.

Today, there's word that a third-party group has created something that Microsoft has chosen, at least for now, not to offer the public. The MetroStore Scanner website allows anyone, even non Windows 8 users, to see which apps are in the Windows Store via one large database. It also allows anyone to search for any app made for any or all of the markets that Windows 8 is currently available for sale.

The website shows that, at the moment, there are 25,539 Windows 8 apps in the store. A report from another third-party site made about two weeks ago claimed that the store had exceeded the 20,000 Windows 8 app milestone.

You can also search for apps by category type and country with the MetroStore Scanner site. In addition, the service lets users search for any apps that have been recently updated. While the site offers links to each Windows 8 app description page, it does not actually offer downloads for those apps.

You still need Windows 8 itself to pay and/or download the apps. Still, having a web-based way to browse the current selection of apps for Windows 8 is something that will come in handy for many people and we hope Microsoft offers up their own similar solution in the near future.

Source: MetroStore Scanner via: McAkins Online

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Not bad for a third party, wish MS provided something similar.

On a side note, makes you wonder what the hell are MS doing in regards to app acceptance. Upon first glimpse, I've noticed a lot of apps in Chinese and French, available in the US market but with no English description. Even after filtering out the results with en-us.

georgevella said,
Not bad for a third party, wish MS provided something similar.

On a side note, makes you wonder what the hell are MS doing in regards to app acceptance. Upon first glimpse, I've noticed a lot of apps in Chinese and French, available in the US market but with no English description. Even after filtering out the results with en-us.

Because people who speak Chinese and French live in America?

It's better to have an app available to all areas even if most of the population can't use it the ones who do show support and allow the app to flourish, they also contribute and give feedback even translations meaning the innovations can reach new-found levels. Better than most American devs (hardware and software) approach to apps. Lets make it US only, rest of the world doesn't exist. (Yes I know it's not only the US who do this mu 90% of it is US only)

Auzeras said,

Because people who speak Chinese and French live in America? It's better to have an app available to all areas even if most of the people can't use it because the ones who can show support and allow the app to flourish. Better that most American devs (hardware and software) approach to apps. Lets make it US only, rest of the world doesn't exist. (Yes I know it's not only the US who do this mu 90% of it is US only)


Yes I know and that wasn't really my point. If you are going to release an app in different markets at least put descriptions in all the languages present in those markets. Your app should be localized for those markets as well. Even the App Submission guidelines say that!

The other day I decided to check out what kind of apps are available from the Windows 8 App store, only to realise that browsing the content was only possible on a Windows 8 system.

Perhaps this is the reason for the daily 'New _________ app launched for Windows 8' news posts of late - to inform non Windows 8 users of the available software?

I really hope a third party store can make it more easier to browse through apps. The current list view, even in this third party app is very annoying to me.

I mean. What is shown of an app. The icon and title. Unless I know the app that i'm looking for, I won't know anything of an app untill I opened it. What kind of game or app is it? What can I do? Nothing of that is shown.

I wish someone can make a store that let's me browse through a app list that shows thumbs of the pictures it includes that get enlarged when hovering my mouse for a 0,5 sec. And when I open one item, I easily can press a right or left button to switch between other apps from the store.

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