Many rumors are spreading throughout the Internet about how the next generation Windows operating system will incorporate its own app store. In this way, Microsoft would be jumping into the app stores wagon once again but this time with its desktop OS. Apparently, this Windows 8 feature is confirmed by the presence of certain elements deep within the leaked builds of the latest Windows operating system.
The store (whose name would be simply Windows Store) was implied by several Russian users that have been exploring around the Windows 8 leaked build 7955. In some of the system folders, they’ve found some folders that pointed to the upcoming inclusion of the Store. In addition, various Registry entries and a PNG logo of 24 by 24 pixel (which illustrates this post) of the Windows Store itself were found in the aforementioned build.
However, no executables were found (at least not just yet). And even if they were actually in any of the leaked builds of Windows 8, they wouldn’t be of any use, since the cloud components needed for the store to work are probably locked in this stage of development.
What can be hinted from all this? The Windows Store will supposedly be the center in which the users will be able to get all sorts of software for their Windows 8. In it, they will find free and paid apps for all purposes that will be delivered to their desktops (very much like Apple’s doing with its Mac App Store).
The new store will probably be designed in HTML5 and it will transfer the desired apps from Microsoft’s Azure servers to their destination PCs with no intermediaries. Basically, the idea is to port over the app stores as we know it from the mobile world to our desktop computers.
This is a very interesting idea that will surely have a major impact on how software is distributed among users. I guess we’ll have to see how it all develops to check if the rumors come true in the near future.
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