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Windows 8 App Store Screenshots 131

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the sure-why-not dept.
syngularyx writes "The screenshots show Microsoft's new application store for Windows. The store appears to be running in Windows 7, hinting that the software giant may also be planning to offer its app store for legacy versions of Windows. Cnbeta posted the screenshots on Monday, however WinRumors is unable to confirm their authenticity at this time. The screenshots appear to show a number of Microsoft's own software, including third party software from Opera and Mozilla."
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Windows 8 App Store Screenshots

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  • by SuperKendall (25149) on Tuesday April 12, 2011 @04:21PM (#35799550)

    I'm pretty sure it's real. It makes a ton of sense to have an App Store. If you think about it Linux has had an "app store" for the PC long before Apple with repos that you could pull many applications, the concept has even been guified to some extent over the years...

    I was expecting Windows to have an App Store about a half a year to a year after the iPhone App Store. I really wonder why there has been such a huge delay in implementing this concept.

    • by geekoid (135745)

      windows 7 does have an app store, but they just don't call it an app store. It's called the 'marketplace'.

      • windows 7 does have an app store, but they just don't call it an app store. It's called the 'marketplace'.

        I thought that was on the phone though. We are talking desktop here. It's really a different thing, in part because it's not the only channel to get software as it is on the device, but more a matter of convenience for users.

  • Jump onto the bandwagon a few years late, as usual. No doubt that it will get well stocked, much faster than any other desktop platform.
    • Adding to this, the appstore might just be the new software "innovation" in microsoft, that might keep them hugely relevant in their coming releases of Windows. After all, most people don't know that alternate, viable Operating Systems exist. (Note: Not a ms shill, typing this from LMDE)
      • Android and iOS are both "viable" operating systems. People are not realizing what life without microsoft might look like, and they like it. What I want to see is Android finish building out their Tablets and start moving to Desktops in 2 years. Microsoft should be quaking in their boots if that should ever happen.

        • *now realizing*

        • by Haedrian (1676506)

          Android finish building out their Tablets and start moving to Desktops in 2 years.

          Given that it uses the Linux Kernel... its pretty much an uh... Linux Distribution.

          Or would it be a case of prestege or something? Because people 'fear' linux because of all the Terminal work you need (still living under a rock?) while Android is famous.

        • by hairyfeet (841228)

          Riiiight, and it'll run QuickBooks/Quicken? Aunt Tillie's camera software, all those games junior bought at Walmart? No? Then it isn't really useful on a desktop now is it?

          For those that talk about MSFT "not getting it" F/OSS users seem to also have some serious blinders going on. Just to make it clear it is NEVER Windows and Office that keeps them on Windows, kay? It is the billions of dollars in programs that neither Linux nor Android will run, THAT is what keeps them on Windows. Why do you think MSFT spe

          • by 0123456 (636235)

            Riiiight, and it'll run QuickBooks/Quicken? Aunt Tillie's camera software, all those games junior bought at Walmart? No? Then it isn't really useful on a desktop now is it?

            And, uh, why does that determine whether it's useful on a desktop? If we're allowed to make arbitrary requirements I could equally well say that Windows doesn't come with free ponies, therefore it's not really useful on a desktop.

            I haven't used Windows as a desktop OS in years, other than occasionally dual-booting into it for games or video editing. Most people don't play games beyond Farmville, don't need a high-end video editing package and spend most of their time just running a web browser.

            • by Ice Tiger (10883)

              Have to second this comment, for a friends family I replaced their ageing infected Windows 98 machine with Ubuntu desktop and recently did the same with their daughters laptop.

              With most of what they do being in the the cloud coupled with console for games and open office being good enough for their needs they have not missed the transition, in fact they would not go back.

              It's not a solution for everyone but for an average person that has smartphones, games consoles and lives on facebook etc then it is perfe

          • by cduffy (652)

            Why, yes, it will run QuickBooks and Quicken (WINE is bundled in modern distributions, and QuickBooks in particular has received a great deal of attention). And it supports Aunt Tillie's camera as soon as she plugs it in, no reason to install the software off the disk that came with it at all. I dispute that your hypothetical Junior is buying games for his PC more often than his Xbox, so that one's moot.

            I'm not saying it's perfect, but you clearly haven't looked at a modern desktop-oriented distribution lat

          • by zmollusc (763634)

            Android is shipping with dancing hookers and blow? Can I swap the blow for some viagra?

    • by geekoid (135745)

      Yeah, MS was on this bandwagon years ago.
      Just because you didn't know about it doesn't mean it wasn't there. and for the record, yes it sucked. It was much improved with windows 7. They didn't use trendy terms like 'appstore'. Only through Apple magic could the name 'Appstore' become trendy, and they get thought of as being the first.
      .

      • You are right, I take the bandwagon statement back. I knew about Windows Marketplace, just didn't remember it at all. But, I guess that's a testimonial as to how much it sucked. But, I am pretty sure that this will be a much bigger success (because of trends and better marketing), provided they manage to bring in high end productivity and gaming software.
  • I didn't know if this was for the computer OS or the phone, since they are both at version 7 now, and presumably will progress to version 8. At lease until I clicked on the link.

    Of course I was then confused about how a screen shot of the current OS means that there will be support for legacy OS's since the last time I checked, Win8 was not released.

    Frankly I closed the tab I opened up TFA in, as it appears that they don't even know where the image came from. At least that's what I got out of looking at it

    • by ackthpt (218170)

      It would be more useful in a simple list format, scrap the graphics

      Household Apps

      • Mouse Trap - Traps and discards rodents, me require dropping phone or computer on them to stun them.
      • PROcrastinator - Puts things off to later that you could have done right now.
      • Squirrel Detector - Detects squirrels, option to bark as various species of dog at them.
      • Sock Alphabetiser - Organise your Adidas, Nike, Reebok, Russell, etc. socks by brand.
      • Thankyoulator - Thanks people, has option to detect whether you are Welcome and
  • Windows Catalog? (Score:4, Informative)

    by Baloo Uriza (1582831) <baloo@ursamundi.org> on Tuesday April 12, 2011 @04:25PM (#35799630) Journal
    Am I the only one who remembers the Windows Catalog in XP?
    • Yes, but it's now known as AppStore, which as everyone knows, makes it 10 times better than sliced bread!
      • by game kid (805301)

        Sliced bread sucks. It can't get you games, summer blockbusters, or porn. It doesn't even support HTML5.

        I mean this is the 21st century! It's, like, a post-Fox [wikipedia.org] world and we can't even get flying cars, real-life magic missiles, or food with Micro-USB ports. Lame.

    • by geekoid (135745)

      Nope. I remember, I also remember the there was a market place for XBox on 2005, and for the PC in 2008.

      But everyone here seems to think this is MS coming late to the party.

    • by Haedrian (1676506)

      "Games for Windows Marketplace"

      Hmmm... interesting link I found in my Games folder on Windows 7.

      I remember the Catalog in Windows 98...

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Am I the only one who remembers the Windows Catalog in XP?

      I remember deleting the shortcut...

  • http://techcrunch.com/2011/04/11/windows-app-store/ [techcrunch.com]

    (With all that investment in Microsoft Research, why does Microsoft copy others, particularly Apple, so much???)

    • by ackthpt (218170)

      http://techcrunch.com/2011/04/11/windows-app-store/ [techcrunch.com]

      (With all that investment in Microsoft Research, why does Microsoft copy others, particularly Apple, so much???)

      You think people who copy the Apple App store will work for free?

    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      (With all that investment in Microsoft Research, why does Microsoft copy others, particularly Apple, so much???)

      Make no mistake. The primary mission of Microsoft Research is to pull together some of the most talented and respected researchers in the field, supporting them in a comfortable, low-pressure environment in order to keep them from working for anyone else.

      What they do at Microsoft is of no real concern, as long as they're not helping the competition.

      • tinfoilhat.jpg

      • by gad_zuki! (70830)

        I hate this anti-intellectual attitude that attacks anything that doesn't lead to a new shiny for the lowest common denominator buyer. MS Research is actually a pretty good shop. Playing up conspiracy theories is being silly. Researchers aren't supposed to be marketers.

    • by geekoid (135745)

      They don't.
      Aero was in development before OSX
      MS has had an Appstore like product since XP.

      I could ask:
      With all the investment into Apple research, why did Apple copy BSD?

      • by h4rr4r (612664)

        Release dates count, not when some intern thought of it.
        The "AppStore" thing in XP is pathetic, and app store like package management has been around before 1999 in linux land.

        Apple did not copy BSD, Mac OS was replaced with NEXT. They then decided to rename NEXT to OSX.

        • by tyrione (134248)

          Release dates count, not when some intern thought of it. The "AppStore" thing in XP is pathetic, and app store like package management has been around before 1999 in linux land.

          Apple did not copy BSD, Mac OS was replaced with NEXT. They then decided to rename NEXT to OSX.

          It's NEXTSTEP, NeXTStep, Openstep, or OPENSTEP, but it's never NEXT. It was NeXT Inc., and prior to that it was NeXT Computer Inc.

      • by mattack2 (1165421)

        Aero was in development before OSX

        10.0 (Cheetah) was released March 24, 2001.

        You're saying Aero was in development before that?

        [citation needed]

    • by Pyrus.mg (1152215)

      They don't seem to know what the hell to do, or at least not when to do it. They're stuck in an infinite loop of market research, competitive analysis and responding to consumer demand. So yeah, copying Apple.

    • http://techcrunch.com/2011/04/11/windows-app-store/ [techcrunch.com]

      (With all that investment in Microsoft Research, why does Microsoft copy others, particularly Apple, so much???)

      Because MS doesn't really innovate. You can't come up with new ideas when you are mostly concerned with catching up to Apple. They had been #1 for so long that it didn't matter if they did something new, as they were the only game in town for many peolpe. Look at the Zune; same basic form factor as the iPod. Same can be said for most of the smart phones out there, that look just like the iPhone. And now with all the tablet stuff going on, people don't realize that Apple made the iPad before the iPhone, but

  • "We need another browser in the app store shot to show that we're open now."
    OK, I'll put a firefox logo in there.
    "Hmm... perhaps not Firefox"
    OK, I'll use Chrome logo.
    "Hmm... let's not use Chrome"
    Uhh... Safari?
    "No. Hey, what about Opera? People will appreciate that."
    You mean the browser with less market share than Netscape 4*? ....ok

    *this may be untrue.
  • by dmomo (256005) on Tuesday April 12, 2011 @04:38PM (#35799788) Homepage

    Windows8MyComputer

    • by ackthpt (218170)

      Windows8MyComputer

      At some point they'll get to where apps run about as fast as on a quintuplecore Win 7 Phone as they did on 33MHz 486 desktop with Win 3.1

      • by H0p313ss (811249)

        At some point they'll get to where apps run about as fast as on a quintuplecore Win 7 Phone as they did on 33MHz 486 desktop with Win 3.1

        I know you're joking, but honestly my Neo Freerunner was faster than my 386 running windows, it certainly outstripped it in every attribute except screensize (but not resolution), and I'm pretty sure the iPhone 4 is faster than a 486

  • by vlm (69642) on Tuesday April 12, 2011 @04:40PM (#35799806)

    hinting that the software giant may also be planning to offer its app store for legacy versions of Windows.

    Here's a dilemma for MS... given a guy with a warez version of windows, do you let them app store it or not... Justification for no, is you just wanna make life more difficult for unlicensed windows installs. Justification of yes, is here's a guy who wants to give you a fat stack of bills for a bunch of 1s and 0s, so take it while you can get it....

    I've, uh, heard from friends, that apple accepts money in the itunes music store from OSX pirates. But MS has a cultural love of making users jump thru windoze activation foolishness.

    • by JWW (79176) on Tuesday April 12, 2011 @04:44PM (#35799860)

      Being that one of the other leaks was about their new authentication scheme, I'd say that more likely than not they will bust people with unlicensed versions of windows when they try to run the app store.

    • Funny enough, or ironically enough depending on your view, when you install OSX Apple trusts that you bought it and doesn't know or care if you pirated it. No CD Keys, no activation codes, no serials...

      Given that Apple isn't worried about it's cash flow anytime soon, it makes me wonder if CD Keys are really worth the hassle.

      • ...Mac Hardware. ( A bit more expensive than other distribution media. ;-)

        Given that Apple isn't worried about it's cash flow anytime soon, it makes me wonder if CD Keys are really worth the hassle.

        Other vendors don't have such an expensive dongle to make money with.

    • by makubesu (1910402)
      Given that the person had no interest in buying windows, do you really think they're going to be buying apps?
    • by !eopard (981784)

      given a guy with a warez version of windows, do you let them app store it or not

      Simply allow unlicensed installations of Windows to become legal by purchasing an OS licence from the app store. Have the version purchased update the existing install to the correct configuration (starter/home/ultimate) depending on what is purchased. Allow in store upgrades to the OS.

  • by Haedrian (1676506) on Tuesday April 12, 2011 @04:47PM (#35799880)

    Seriously, Ubuntu has had an 'app store' for ages. Was a brilliant idea. Now apple's getting into the game, and Microsoft might step in.

    Why now? Seriously? Given how popular 'one stop get everything' services are... why hasn't someone had this idea a few years earlier?

    2011 the year of the app store.

    • by xMrFishx (1956084)
      Didn't they sort of try this with Windows Marketplace, and noone ever knew it existed? Alot of focus has always been on redoing the same features over and over again, instead of being sensible and maybe, yknow adding something new every so often.
      • by Haedrian (1676506)

        So why didn't they put a giant spotlight on it? A desktop shortcut, an introduction... more push towards it... Sometimes I wonder whether Microsoft Marketting is composed entirely of monkeys.

    • by tyrione (134248)

      Seriously, Ubuntu has had an 'app store' for ages. Was a brilliant idea. Now apple's getting into the game, and Microsoft might step in.

      Why now? Seriously? Given how popular 'one stop get everything' services are... why hasn't someone had this idea a few years earlier?

      2011 the year of the app store.

      You write of Ubuntu as if DEBIAN never existed. Sorry, but DEBIAN has had a Software Repository Service since 1999, not an App Store.

    • Well, XP had some sort of similar attempt... to be honest, imho the most successful windows market is the Steam system... which if Valve came out with, or extended Steam for general applications, they would be in a far better position for success... perhaps a buyout of Steam from Valve from Amazon would be helpful as well, though not sure I trust Amazon enough now.
    • Given how popular 'one stop get everything' services are... why hasn't someone had this idea a few years earlier?

      They did. It was called "iPhone". Once that concept proved itself to be working very well, everyone is jumped on the bandwaggon.

    • Why now? Because Apple just showed it works. Look, the App Store on iPhone showed that you can make people LOVE your phone MORE, while collecting 30 cents on the dollar for everything they buy, without having to make the software yourself. So now all smartphones are coming with app stores. Then Apple did the same on Mac OS X desktops and laptops. Boom, a sizable shift in app purchases, causing 30 cents on the dollar going to Apple. Same thing over at Amazon, with indie publishers getting 70 cents on the dol
  • too late

  • I will give kudos to Microsoft for trying to fix what I consider a big hole in their OS with an app store. I just hope that the app store also includes an update manager for all applications and drivers downloaded using the service. One of my pet peeves with Windows is the lack of a central "updates everything" manager like with Linux or BSD. Having every application doing its own update management is not just a stupid wast of system resources but leads to some major security issues (no md5 checksums etc).
  • So I've got my shiny new app store on my shiny new Windows 8 machine. And I'm going to use said app store to purchase Windows 7?
    • by dudpixel (1429789)

      you run VMWare on your windows 8 machine and need to test software on windows 7.

      Where you gonna get windows 7 from?

      • Where you gonna get windows 7 from?

        In my case, it would be the second drawer down on the left. Will most people go straight from XP or Vista to Windows 8? Am I unusual in this?

        • by dudpixel (1429789)

          that's 1 license. I was thinking of small businesses and it professionals who might want to virtualize windows 7. Just thinking of a hypothetical reason for it to be in the app store.

          Also, maybe windows 8 will have minimum hardware requirements that mean it wont run on some older hardware, while windows 7 will...just guessing of course.

        • by H0p313ss (811249)

          Will most people go straight from XP or Vista to Windows 8? Am I unusual in this?

          As far as I can tell you are. I'm actually seeing corporate uptake of Win7, unlike Vista, if only for 64bit memory spaces.

  • It's FAKE. It's a HOAX.. Look at the apps in the app store list:

    * Angry Birds: Not by "clickgamer" it's by Rovio.
    * Windows 7 Ultimate? As an app you can download from Windows 8?
    * "App Store" is trademarked by Apple.
    * Title bar text isn't centered like in other Win8 leaks.

    FAKE. move along, nothing to see here....
    • by dudpixel (1429789)

      They're not going to have legit apps on there now - its just for testing - so expect bogus entries for now as placeholders.

      Win7 is still useful on windows 8 for running VMs, why not make it easier for people to get access to it?

      "App Store" more than likely isn't its final name, and probably only used internally during development

      Why does the title bar need to mimic other leaks, which also may or may not be bogus.

      Not saying its definitely legit, but your arguments dont hold up. Nothing here to say it isn't

      • Eh.. my arguments may not hold up, but I'm just applying occams razor. Simplest explanation is that this is a hoax.

        Read this thread where these screenshots first showed up back in January (from a new account with a single post). And decide for yourself...

        http://www.neowin.net/forum/topic/967600-windows-app-store-screenshot/
      • by EEPROMS (889169)
        They should call the Win 8 appstore "Magic" , just to piss Apple off.
  • Anyone else getting tired of the Me Too! Microsoft product announcements? Especially since the 'me too' versions are so lame.
    Bing the lame version of Google (seach , maps, everything)
    Zune the lame version of iPod
    Media Centre the lame version of iTunes
    Windows 7 phone the lame version of iPhone (lame because OS can't scale even to iPad size)

    The only real question is how lame will the Microsoft App Store be?
    Will MS App Store be as lame as Ultimate edition Extras?
    or as lame as Windows Catalog in XP,
    o

  • I want nothing like this on my system
  • I'm pretty sure that this is a fake. The idea is horrible, the implementation is clunky, and the use of Angry Birds in the screenshot to promote the store is childish at best. Ugly, unintuitive, and just pure garbage. Also, I'm sure that Opera wouldn't be one of the firsts to get to try this out. Junk.
  • as pointed out this is fake if for no other reason then it actually says "app store" in the menu.

    "App Store" is trademarked by Apple; MS would not be so stupid to actually use that term.

    • by Ancantus (1926920)
      Whats to say that this is a prototype and App Store is just a place-holder for a real name?
  • While I don't mind as such that they're doing it when are they going to do something before someone else rather than after?

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