Windows Store functionality uncovered

The saga of the Windows store has been full of fakes and misinformation. But it now appears that we are finally getting more reliable information that has been uncovered within the Windows 8 leaks.

The information comes courtesy of Windows8italia.com as they have uncovered the information above and many features that will be included in the upcoming application store from Microsoft. Windows8italia states that (translated from Italian) the store will support:

  • Will supported fulfill purchase goods and services directly within applications.
  • Will can install applications trial and then decide if switch to full version.
  • Users can rate and review applications. Each comment will be reviewed in turn by other users.
  • Users can send reports of problems for application developers.
  • It will obviously look for possible applications and filter the results by price or category.
  • For each application will be available on:
    • Minimum System Requirements
    • End User License
    • Feature requests (Webcam, GPS ...)
    • Category and Description
    • Application functionality
    • Rating the content
    • Screenshot
    • Link to support forum
    • Types of supported architectures (x86, x64, ARM, or neutral)
    • List of enhancements in the latest versions (change log)

The App store will act as a housing community for applications, much like Apple's App store does on OS X. While the idea of an App store was first implemented by Microsoft (Windows Marketplace), Apple has made the "App Store" a household name.  It is rumored that the Windows App store will also make it to the Windows 7 platform, but at this time that is not confirmed.

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Imagine how this will kill software retail stores! I think it's a good development for the customers but the time for retail stores will soon be over. And if you wanne take a look at real products you may visit an official Microsoft store.

Ben Dyson said,
They should tie this in with the Windows Update so you can get updates for programs you download.

Absolutely. That would be a great idea.

Ben Dyson said,
They should tie this in with the Windows Update so you can get updates for programs you download.

I hope they do. Windows Update should have been the place where all software updates come. Everyone having things running in the background that check for updates is super annoying. Developers should just be able to push updates through Windows Update to do away with all the standalone updaters.

Ah, Windows is finally getting a package manager + a centralised repository. It's only like 2 decades late But I suppose better late than never.

Flawed said,
Ah, Windows is finally getting a package manager + a centralised repository. It's only like 2 decades late But I suppose better late than never.

Interesting coming from the OS that copies anything and everything from other OS's.

Flawed said,
Ah, Windows is finally getting a package manager + a centralised repository. It's only like 2 decades late But I suppose better late than never.

Some people clearly forget how the antitrust rulling tied Microsoft's hands on a lot of things...

Coolaaron88 said,

Will you be here all week?

Yes I Will, shows are at 5, 8 and 10 and don't forget to tip your waitress on the way out

It would be good to only show apps by the framework they run on, maybe a .net or java category. -
Sorry I was meant this as a reply to the post above.

KavazovAngel said,
I may be alone at this, but I'd really love to see only .NET apps on the store.

Is it really relevant to you, what kind of frameworks were used to write a program?

What could that possibly serve? I don't get it.

KavazovAngel said,
I may be alone at this, but I'd really love to see only .NET apps on the store.

I agree, I want to see nothing requiring java in the Windows store.

KavazovAngel said,
I may be alone at this, but I'd really love to see only .NET apps on the store.

Looking at this part makes me think it won't:

ARTICLE said,
Types of supported architectures (x86, x64, ARM, or neutral)

But then, they may follow the WP7 approach, as Win 8 is also geared towards tablets.

Kuraj said,

Is it really relevant to you, what kind of frameworks were used to write a program?

What could that possibly serve? I don't get it.

The last thing I want to see on a Windows specific app store is an app requiring Java.

KavazovAngel said,

The last thing I want to see on a Windows specific app store is an app requiring Java.

Couldn't agree more! I actually removed Java from all my PCs and it's never coming back

KavazovAngel said,

The last thing I want to see on a Windows specific app store is an app requiring Java.

I agree. I am really curious to see how this app store comes together and how developers will be releasing apps for it. .Net would be a reasonable requirement I think.

KavazovAngel said,
I may be alone at this, but I'd really love to see only .NET apps on the store.

It would be awesome, but C++ devs would cry. And Microsoft can't say "too bad" to its developpers.

KavazovAngel said,
I may be alone at this, but I'd really love to see only .NET apps on the store.

What does it matter, it's not like you're gonna be able to see the source code. And I would have thought MS would try and keep Java out, as I thought .NET was meant to be a Java killer.

what said,
Apparently it's likely to be called the Windows Store.

That was reported days ago on Neowin.

Edited by bdsams, May 2 2011, 7:53pm :

Jan said,

That was reported days ago on Neowin.

Begs the question why it's still being called the app store then