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Windows App Store shots allegedly leak out, already disputed

updated 09:55 am EDT, Mon April 11, 2011

Alleged Windows App Store images pop up

Talk of an app store in Windows 8 was rekindled Monday after a post showing what's supposedly early screenshots of the portal. So far titled the Windows App Store, it would have its own dedicated portal app to browse categories and charts. Cnbeta's copy had a sidebar that would both show the installed apps as well as a way to manage the download queue.

The catalog as shown was full almost exclusively of Microsoft apps, although it included a copy of Angry Birds as well as Starcraft II, Mozilla apps like Firefox and Thunderbird, and China-friendly services from QQ.

Internal testing has reportedly already progressed to where a beta is coming "soon."

The discovery hasn't been independently confirmed and could very possibly be fake. However, Microsoft has long been mentioned as developing an app store and has been developing a new app system that would lend itself directly to an app store. AppX is intended chiefly for Silverlight-based apps but would create monolithic bundles that would both be easier to install than traditional Windows apps and would streamline writing apps that could work on Windows Phone 7 and, possibly, the Xbox 360.

The presence of a store may explain Microsoft's vocal legal opposition to Apple's App Store trademark. While a chance exists that it might be called an app "mall," the current Windows App Store title would directly run afoul of Apple's trademark and force a name change. Microsoft has been trying to argue the term is generic but may have motives to launch its own store with a similarly simple name and take a cue from the Mac App Store.

Windows 8 isn't expected to ship until late 2012 and may not get its own first beta until around September. The timing wouldn't necessarily preclude a separate app store, however, and could see the portal, if real, launched earlier on Windows 7. [via WinRumors]

by MacNN Staff



  1. hassanpr

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Here we go again

    Does apple hire people from other planets or something. Why is it that microsoft cant hire talented and innovative people to come up with new never before scene ideas. I understand that companies including apple take queues from other companies but come on microsoft has been doing this sense the birth of windows. They says app is too generic what about windows. Type window in google and watch what it brings up. This is hilarious.

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  1. thedude

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Funny part

    The best part about this is they are both copying Linux. Sure the interface is a little better, but really I have been able to add programs directly to linux for a long time now. More than ten years. and every year it get easier. It will even tell you when updates are available for you to download. The ideas are not "new" or out of this world, it is just Apple and microsoft embracing something that has been out there for a long time and they are just realizing how to capitalize on the concepts. Nothing new not in a long time.

  1. Geoduck

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Windows App Store

    That must be why they are being so obnoxious over Apple's Copyright. They can't even come up with their own name.

  1. byRyan

    Joined: Dec 1969


    new name

    I mean come on microsoft - you can't even come up with a new name.... The App Spot, software hub, storefront, "Purchase Programs Place" or the PPP

    I don't know, I just came up with that in 5 seconds, all of them suck but are still better then saying, "apple has an App store - we need an app store called the app store.

  1. Paul Huang

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Apple just copies MSFT's idea

    Could it be that Apple has hired a psychic who is able to find out years down the road and just lifts ideas out of Redmond?

    Add a 'Kr' in front of it and it'd be original and fitting.

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  1. Joe05

    Joined: Dec 1969


    App store

    Once again the fanbois get in front of objective reporting, I wouldnt jump to conclusions until Microsoft starts to reveal the look and feature of Windows 8, it won't be a clone and this early look if it's even real doesn't resemble the App store.

    Apple has done it's share of ripping off ideas and then rewriting history to promote it's own version of the story so I wouldn't be so quick to judge.

  1. coffeetime

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Windows App Store future issue

    Imagine a user just bought an App from Windows App Store. Then, the user can't sync it with his iPod/iPhone. Well, perhaps the Sony Genius Bar can help him out.

  1. afaby

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Just call it...

    Windows OS IIX Mountain Lion and be done with it.

  1. Foxypaco

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Microsoft should just change their name to...

    "Apple Pear" already.

  1. tightzeit

    Joined: Dec 1969



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