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Windows 8 App Store Screenshots

CmdrTaco posted more than 3 years ago | from the sure-why-not dept.

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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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131 comments

So ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35799468)

This is a big deal? Whoopty freaking do.

This is just Microsoft once again showing up late to the party.

Re:So ... (2)

binarylarry (1338699) | more than 3 years ago | (#35799520)

I wonder if they're going to try and kill Steam with this store.

Pimp the horrible "Games for Windows" service and use their monopoly to hurt Valve.

Re:So ... (2)

yeshuawatso (1774190) | more than 3 years ago | (#35799716)

I could definitely see this as a new attack on the Redmond giant for anti-trust laws about abusing monopoly power, regardless if there is any evidence to the claim. The flip side of that coin is that there are already application stores for Windows, and have been for a while; Steam, GameTap, RealArcade, Direct2Drive, just to name a few. As long as Microsoft doesn't bundle/tie the app store with the next incarnation of Windows, they should be fine with regulators. Otherwise, we can expect to see the "Choose your browser" like stuff that comes with the EU version of Windows.

Re:So ... (2)

0123456 (636235) | more than 3 years ago | (#35800590)

Pimp the horrible "Games for Windows" service and use their monopoly to hurt Valve.

No-one in their right mind would use GFW if they could use Steam, so unless Microsoft can convince all the PC game publishers to stop selling on Steam it's not going to happen. Since, from what I've read, game developers are trying to avoid GFW because it's a steaming heap of crap that a lot of their customers hate, I don't see that happening any time soon.

I was really impressed when I ran GTA4 from Steam recently and GFW, which serves no purpose in the game at all that I can determine, announced that it had to do an update, which required downloading a load of crap then exiting and restarting GTA4, which now crashes in some GFW DLL when I try to start it. After that delightful experience I'll never touch another GFW-infected game again (fortunately GTA4 also sucks so I don't really care that Microsoft terminally broke it).

Re:So ... (1)

Gadget_Guy (627405) | more than 3 years ago | (#35802176)

Pimp the horrible "Games for Windows" service and use their monopoly to hurt Valve.

Microsoft have been doing online stores for years. Windows 98 had Windows Catalog, while Windows Marketplace for the desktop Windows dates back to 2004. In late 2009 they introduced Games on Demand, which later morphed into Games for Windows Marketplace.

Has Microsoft's monopoly managed to hurt Steam in that time? No, and I don't think that this latest attempt will do so either. This is mainly because they just don't get the third party developer support for their online stores. They certainly don't do the specials that Steam do (although I have noticed that Steams specials don't seem as good recently).

Re:So ... (1)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 3 years ago | (#35799536)

This is a big deal? Whoopty freaking do.

This is just Microsoft once again showing up late to the party.

Yeah but the recent kerfuffle over the 'App Store' name with Apple means this site can serve a bunch of ads as people posture about it.

Re:So ... (1)

mlts (1038732) | more than 3 years ago | (#35799544)

It is a good thing in one sense -- getting Joe Sixpack to only download stuff from one central store or repository. This way, he might put down his Bud Light and not follow directions to manually install some "pr0n codec" from some sleazy site he is browsing because it doesn't show up as a link to MS's Application Market, or whatever it will be named.

Of course, the dancing bunnies security hole remains, but having it become the exception and not the rule that software is downloaded manually and installed (versus going to a repo/store) will help to mitigate that infection vector.

Re:So ... (4, Insightful)

ThunderBird89 (1293256) | more than 3 years ago | (#35799674)

I already download most of my software from one place: The Pirate Bay.

Re:So ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35799710)

How's the view from the top of that high horse of yours?

Re:So ... (1)

mlts (1038732) | more than 3 years ago | (#35799908)

I'm sure most /.'ers have encountered people like this. You don't have to be a burned out IT vet. There will always be the clueless (but with good intentions) Aunt Tillie type, the "OMGLALA" teen/tween type installing every animated emoticon program available, but the archetype that most people encounter that is one of the hardest to deal with is the Joe Sixpack one -- the person who has no interest in keeping his stuff secure ("because that is what my geek friends and Geek Squad are for"), and has an ego about it, so cannot be trained to perform even minimum computer sanitation duties.

Re:So ... (1)

JonJ (907502) | more than 3 years ago | (#35801080)

I wish I could filter away all the idiots using ESRs vocabulary. Fuck 'Aunt Tillie' and fuck you.

...in related news.... (1)

mrclisdue (1321513) | more than 3 years ago | (#35799586)

In related news, WinRumors reports that even they couldn't find anyone who cares anymore.

iRumors reports that dull is the new shiny.

AndRumors reports that root is the end of all evils.

cheers,

Re:So ... (1)

stoanhart (876182) | more than 3 years ago | (#35800626)

The big deal is that Windows might finally have centralized package management, including updates, for all software rather than just core Windows stuff.

Please Update That Microsoft Icon (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35799478)

Isn't it long, long past due you use the real Microsoft logo at this point? You guys recently updated the site and all the icons, but the Microsoft = Bill Gates Borg theme is still there.

The fact is that "joke" has long since expired and makes slashdot look extremely dated. Bill Gates doesn't even work at Microsoft anymore, and the Borg reference is just not relevant or current these days. For gods sake, you even use the official facebook and twitter logos, how hard can it be to update Microsoft's?

This is an on-topic meta comment, please don't mod down.

Re:Please Update That Microsoft Icon (1, Insightful)

SuperKendall (25149) | more than 3 years ago | (#35799514)

Personally if I could I would mod you down for not having the courage to post that as a real user. All AC's making meta complaints should be automatically modded down to oblivion, no matter how worthy the cause.

Re:Please Update That Microsoft Icon (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35800018)

Posting AC just to annoy you.

Re:Please Update That Microsoft Icon (2)

webmistressrachel (903577) | more than 3 years ago | (#35800580)

The Borg, Star Trek and the vision contained within are just as relevent as they ever were.

Bill Gates is still the "figurehead" of M$ and always will be, long after death.

And last, but not least, we all WANT it really, so I think we've left it there as a reminder of things to come - Star Trek-type travels, and possibly even the ultimate evolution of biotech and networking - the Borg.

Re:Please Update That Microsoft Icon (2)

oakgrove (845019) | more than 3 years ago | (#35801078)

the Borg reference is just not relevant or current these days.

Seems to me that after buying ISO and the rent-seeking patent trolling they've been up to lately, it's just as relevant as ever.

Re:Please Update That Microsoft Icon (1)

RyuuzakiTetsuya (195424) | more than 3 years ago | (#35801440)

much like the Borg at the end of Star Trek: Voyager's run, Microsoft has become a giant impotent joke, but you really still don't want to get on their bad side.

First (knee-jerk) impression? Cluttered (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35799494)

I don't know what it is with MS design but they just love mixing GUI metaphors on screens. Trees, icons, buttons, text.

The worst part is that this is supposed to be a marketplace.

Lose the cruft, just show me the apps in boxes, I click on them to buy them. Give me some filtering at the top or bottom and that's it! Done! I want to spend as little time fucking around in some virtual space to get programs I want.

Hell, just make the app store look like ThePirateBay: Oh look, the name of the thing I want *click* *buy*

Re:First (knee-jerk) impression? Cluttered (1)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 3 years ago | (#35799624)

I don't know what it is with MS design but they just love mixing GUI metaphors on screens. Trees, icons, buttons, text.

The worst part is that this is supposed to be a marketplace.

Lose the cruft, just show me the apps in boxes, I click on them to buy them. Give me some filtering at the top or bottom and that's it! Done! I want to spend as little time fucking around in some virtual space to get programs I want.

Hell, just make the app store look like ThePirateBay: Oh look, the name of the thing I want *click* *buy*

Microsoft continues a long tradition of not "getting it"

I don't want pretty, I don't want cute, I want FUNCTIONAL! I want EASE OF USE! I want TO SPEND AS LITTLE TIME AS POSSIBLE LOOKING FOR THINGS AND GET ON WITH MY LIFE!

But nooooooo they think I'm there for the Microsoft Experience *cue mirrorball and dance music*

ooh, ooh .. boogie wonderland

Hinting? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35799496)

How does this application, running on Windows 7, hint at running on legacy versions of Windows?

If it was running on Windows XP, then I'd agree. Who writes this stuff?

Reading comprehension fail (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35799556)

Note: "Windows 8 App Store" in the title, and "Windows 8" in the article. The speculation is that the app store is planned for Win 8, which would make a Win 7 variant "legacy".

Not saying the speculation is right, but before snarking, one should probably confirm they've understood what they're reading.

Re:Reading comprehension fail (1)

clang_jangle (975789) | more than 3 years ago | (#35802450)

We'll just reserve judgement on that unti we learn the kernel version number. If it's NT6.2 then referring to win7 as "legacy" is just marketing or wishful thinking.

Interesting (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35799498)

Looks Interesting lets see if it will increase windows popularity over these boards

Opera (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35799506)

Someone has some taste at Redmond at least....

I can't find the section I'm looking for (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35799546)

Where are the WAREZ?

You know it's real - it has "Angry Birds". (2)

SuperKendall (25149) | more than 3 years ago | (#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.

Re:You know it's real - it has "Angry Birds". (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 3 years ago | (#35799898)

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

Phone or Desktop? (1)

SuperKendall (25149) | more than 3 years ago | (#35800316)

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.

Re:You know it's real - it has "Angry Birds". (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35800954)

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...

You could think about it like that, but there are some fundamental differences that drive professional unix sysadmins up a wall with Linux repositories.
For one thing, system wide shared libraries and things with external dependancies should not be in such a system. PERIOD. They should either
1. Be included with the core OS.
OR
2. Be bundled with the application and not shared.
AND
3. Not replace core OS parts. Do not override things in /bin:/sbin:/usr/bin:/usr/sbin etc.

Really, I love working on Linux systems, but I have 300+ servers to deal with. A lovely open source project website with options "Download latest app.msi" "Download latest app.dmg" and "Download latest source" is quite disheartening. This is after finding out your OS's repo (fourth option) has a two year old copy of such software.

The problem was plainly obvious when Gnome + Firefox integration started happening and users were at the mercy of their distro maintainer to update Firefox. To correct for that, the distros update Firefox in particular more frequently. It just hides the problem unix admins face every time we install software and "use the repo" fails us. Centrally managed repos don't scale, and binary distribution has won, end of story. OSS developers need better tools to self publish binaries.

Linux actually needs binary application publishing to work reliably before you can even think about a "store" for it, even a $free one. Go get GIT for RHEL/CentOS and see what I mean. Or Ruby, or Subversion. Why is it so hard?
Fix binary distribution, allow self-publishing, remove the dependancies, and draw a line between core OS and "other". Linux would be so much better off, and ideologically the same.

Re:You know it's real - it has "Angry Birds". (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35801106)

You were expecting MS to keep up with and surpass anything new? Last time they were innovative was in 1995 and their inability to make anything cutting edge baffles me.

Re:You know it's real - it has "Angry Birds". (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35803930)

The reason this has not come sooner is because it is a bad idea for a desktop. If MS had come out with this 10 years ago the EU would be rubbing it's hands with glee.

Jump on the bandwagon... (1)

kvvbassboy (2010962) | more than 3 years ago | (#35799588)

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.

Re:Jump on the bandwagon... (1)

kvvbassboy (2010962) | more than 3 years ago | (#35799660)

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)

Re:Jump on the bandwagon... (2)

Archangel Michael (180766) | more than 3 years ago | (#35799818)

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.

Re:Jump on the bandwagon... (1)

Archangel Michael (180766) | more than 3 years ago | (#35799828)

*now realizing*

Re:Jump on the bandwagon... (1)

Haedrian (1676506) | more than 3 years ago | (#35799994)

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.

Re:Jump on the bandwagon... (1)

hairyfeet (841228) | more than 3 years ago | (#35800746)

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 spends so much on backwards compatibility? Because without the programs they're boned, that's why!

So frankly it wouldn't matter if Android came with dancing hookers and blow if it won't run the programs people need its worthless and NOTHING will change that! You can get by with it in mobile because mobile phones are throw away items and thus nobody has anything really invested in them. Everyone I know has a drawer full of the things, the contract is up they get another addition to the drawer when the new hotness is laid in their hands.

Do they CARE that it don't run the apps the one in the drawer ran? NOPE, it is a phone and people just don't see them as computers, they are "phones with screens" same as people consider ATMs as "screens where you stick in your card and get money out" not a computer. geeks should really be forced to spend a day with Joe Normals once a year, then they'd find out the geek way of thinking is as alien as a Martian to the people actually buying and having the market based on them.

Android on the desktop will go the same place Linux on the desktop has NOWHERE, because people don't run a desktop to look at icons or to only surf FB they use them to run programs which simply don't run on your OS. saying Android will conquer the desktop is as ridiculous as saying replace everyone's PC with an Amiga and it will result in NO loss of productivity!

Re:Jump on the bandwagon... (1)

0123456 (636235) | more than 3 years ago | (#35801042)

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.

Re:Jump on the bandwagon... (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 3 years ago | (#35799934)

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.
.

Re:Jump on the bandwagon... (1)

kvvbassboy (2010962) | more than 3 years ago | (#35800324)

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.

Confused (1)

The Grim Reefer2 (1195989) | more than 3 years ago | (#35799612)

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 for all of 3 seconds.

Re:Confused (1)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 3 years ago | (#35799796)

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 degree of sincerity.

Office Apps

  • Calendar-o-Rama - Keep track of what days you have to clean the break room and syncronise with planned sick days.
  • ExcuseTron - You have a meeting. You have a conference call. You have to go somewhere! Your dog ate your laptop! Millions of em!
  • Magic 12 Ball - Like Magic 8 Ball, but with 4 all new obscene answers.
  • Memominder - Reminds you where you left your pad of sticky-notes.
  • TimedRinger - Rings just like a phone when a bore is detected approaching you.

...

Hmmm (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35799622)

Maybe they should have called it something else other than App Store. That isn't very catchy and I don't plan on using it anyway. I use mostly open source on my desktop with Windows and obviously open source with Ubuntu

Windows Catalog? (4, Informative)

Baloo Uriza (1582831) | more than 3 years ago | (#35799630)

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

Re:Windows Catalog? (2)

kvvbassboy (2010962) | more than 3 years ago | (#35799678)

Yes, but it's now known as AppStore, which as everyone knows, makes it 10 times better than sliced bread!

Re:Windows Catalog? (1)

game kid (805301) | more than 3 years ago | (#35801228)

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.

Re:Windows Catalog? (2)

geekoid (135745) | more than 3 years ago | (#35799984)

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.

Re:Windows Catalog? (2)

h4rr4r (612664) | more than 3 years ago | (#35800138)

APT is from 1999. MS is way late to the game as usual.

Re:Windows Catalog? (1)

vgerclover (1186893) | more than 3 years ago | (#35801088)

FreeBSD Ports is from 1993.

Re:Windows Catalog? (1)

RocketRabbit (830691) | more than 3 years ago | (#35801224)

Yeah, those were the days. I remember paying for a lot of applications with FreeBSD's built in credit card processing system. It was nicely integrated into the ports tree.

Re:Windows Catalog? (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | more than 3 years ago | (#35801604)

What has paying got to do with it?

Re:Windows Catalog? (1)

Haedrian (1676506) | more than 3 years ago | (#35800008)

"Games for Windows Marketplace"

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

I remember the Catalog in Windows 98...

Re:Windows Catalog? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35800216)

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

I remember deleting the shortcut...

win-get (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35799648)

please include a native "win-get" command from the console so that 400 clicks aren't required for installing.

just a suggestion that will never happen kthx.

CrapStore (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35799684)

'nuff said

Linspire did it way back in 2002 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35799692)

Linspire, aka Lindows [wikipedia.org] , had click'n'run [wikipedia.org] , which is just like todays app stores.. There were even downloading services for game consoles in the 1980s [wikipedia.org] , way before WiiWare and other modern DLC services.

Kids; my lawn.

Re:Linspire did it way back in 2002 (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | more than 3 years ago | (#35800244)

APT was released in 1999. It can even update a machine without human interaction once started, lets see this app store do that.

It's like Deja Vu all over again (1)

david.emery (127135) | more than 3 years ago | (#35799752)

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???)

Re:It's like Deja Vu all over again (1)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 3 years ago | (#35799836)

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:It's like Deja Vu all over again (1, Insightful)

Man On Pink Corner (1089867) | more than 3 years ago | (#35799852)

(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.

Re:It's like Deja Vu all over again (1)

flimflammer (956759) | more than 3 years ago | (#35800740)

tinfoilhat.jpg

Re:It's like Deja Vu all over again (2)

gad_zuki! (70830) | more than 3 years ago | (#35801226)

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.

Re:It's like Deja Vu all over again (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 3 years ago | (#35800010)

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?

Re:It's like Deja Vu all over again (2)

h4rr4r (612664) | more than 3 years ago | (#35800198)

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.

Re:It's like Deja Vu all over again (0)

tyrione (134248) | more than 3 years ago | (#35801046)

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.

Re:It's like Deja Vu all over again (1)

mattack2 (1165421) | more than 3 years ago | (#35802600)

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]

Re:It's like Deja Vu all over again (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35800920)

R&D = Rip Off and Duplicate

Re:It's like Deja Vu all over again (2)

Pyrus.mg (1152215) | more than 3 years ago | (#35803004)

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.

"Opera" (1)

asdfington (1877976) | more than 3 years ago | (#35799756)

"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.

Re:"Opera" (1)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 3 years ago | (#35799962)

Can I get a Huzzah for the Bork Bork Bork version of Opera for MSN?

The perfect name for the App Store (4, Funny)

dmomo (256005) | more than 3 years ago | (#35799788)

Windows8MyComputer

Re:The perfect name for the App Store (1)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 3 years ago | (#35799930)

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

warez versions of windows (2)

vlm (69642) | more than 3 years ago | (#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.

Re:warez versions of windows (3, Insightful)

JWW (79176) | more than 3 years ago | (#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.

Re:warez versions of windows (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35802334)

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.

When you combine a new authentication scheme with an "app" store and new deals with hardware manufacturers who can implement the authentication in hardware and enable digitally-signed apps, Microsoft should be very happy and very profitable profitable. Thank Apple for leading the way.

Re:warez versions of windows (2)

RyuuzakiTetsuya (195424) | more than 3 years ago | (#35801932)

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.

Re:warez versions of windows (1)

makubesu (1910402) | more than 3 years ago | (#35802084)

Given that the person had no interest in buying windows, do you really think they're going to be buying apps?

winrumors? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35799820)

what a sad thought

almost unlimited supply of thawed ice available (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35799826)

so that's good news, despite that it (the ice ) could have been more considerate & waited until we stopped poisoning the previously thawed ice, so as not to interfere with it's own potential usefulness, & deprive us of our just desert?

as for fuddles' gottiesque softwar regime; never useful. always deceptive, destructive & aggressive, fatal to unchosen cos.. same pr firm as us.gov?

Great Idea! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35799848)

This is a brilliant idea. How does MS do it, one good idea right after another.!

Why now? (2)

Haedrian (1676506) | more than 3 years ago | (#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.

Re:Why now? (1)

xMrFishx (1956084) | more than 3 years ago | (#35799936)

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.

Re:Why now? (1)

Haedrian (1676506) | more than 3 years ago | (#35800042)

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.

Re:Why now? (1)

xMrFishx (1956084) | more than 3 years ago | (#35800224)

I agree, but I think that's an insult to monkeys.

Re:Why now? (1)

tyrione (134248) | more than 3 years ago | (#35801064)

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.

Re:Why now? (2)

dudpixel (1429789) | more than 3 years ago | (#35803284)

repository yes, but Ubuntu also has an "App Store", debian doesn't.

Re:Why now? (1)

aztracker1 (702135) | more than 3 years ago | (#35801882)

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.

hater (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35800752)

Sorry to be a hater, but I hate everything about the way Windows looks ... just looks like overall bad design to me. I hate the colors they choose, looks like greasy green glass, I hate the thick borders and handles on the windows. I hate the wide-ass Fisher Price minimize and close buttons. I hate the fonts and I hate the way they tile their icons.

too little (1)

sproketboy (608031) | more than 3 years ago | (#35801402)

too late

Apt-get (1)

EEPROMS (889169) | more than 3 years ago | (#35801608)

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). The other issue with Windows is your average user "is not a security expert and never wants to be one they just want to use the computer". Lets be realistic, do you want a heart surgeon worrying about a virus on his laptop or the bypass he is about to perform on you and why should he be worrying he is a heart surgeon ffs. So if Microsoft offers end users a central and secure way to install applications (and drivers) and have all updates managed through a single service Im all for it. After having to help my parents (both medical professionals) deal with the ups and downs that is Windows 7 trust me an app store will save me hours of time on Skype explaining how to install or upgrade an application (last weekend I spent 30 min explaining how to remove firefox 3 after it stopped working and install firefox 4.0).

Just curious (1)

tpstigers (1075021) | more than 3 years ago | (#35803008)

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?

Re:Just curious (1)

dudpixel (1429789) | more than 3 years ago | (#35803318)

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

Where you gonna get windows 7 from?

Re:Just curious (1)

tpstigers (1075021) | more than 3 years ago | (#35803378)

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?

Re:Just curious (1)

dudpixel (1429789) | more than 3 years ago | (#35803432)

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.

it's a hoax, why is this on slashdot? (1)

krnpimpsta (906084) | more than 3 years ago | (#35803194)

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....

Re:it's a hoax, why is this on slashdot? (1)

dudpixel (1429789) | more than 3 years ago | (#35803346)

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 legit. These screenshots probably weren't intended for the public.

Re:it's a hoax, why is this on slashdot? (1)

krnpimpsta (906084) | more than 3 years ago | (#35803448)

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/

Me Too = Microsoft (1, Insightful)

Serindipidude (939235) | more than 3 years ago | (#35803654)

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,
or as lame as the get help with this eror link, which always says there is no help for the error?

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