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Apple's latest "App Store" will launch in early January

While a handful of "app stores" like Valve's Steam have delivered software to PCs in the past, these stores generally lacked diversity, mostly just offering game downloads.  No PC app store really offered customers the opportunity to buy instantly-downloadable apps of all kinds -- everything from games to productivity software.  That's about to change as Apple is set to introduce the world's first full-featured personal computer App Store on January 6.

Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO, fond of bragging about the company he founded, states, "The App Store revolutionized mobile apps.  We hope to do the same for PC apps with the Mac App Store by making finding and buying PC apps easy and fun. We can’t wait to get started on January 6."

The Mac App Store will come to Mac users in the form of a Snow Leopard (OS X 10.6) update.

The initial Mac App Store will launch in 90 countries and include familiar categories like Education, Games, Graphics & Design, Lifestyle, Productivity and Utilities.  As with the iPhone/iPad App Stores, Apple will keep a 30 percent cut, handing developers 70 percent of app sales.

Apple's press release even included this nugget: "Apple...recently introduced its magical iPad which is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices."

Apple often describes its products as "magical", but it's hard not to give Apple its dues when it comes to its success in pioneering the mobile App Store concept and its equally pioneering effort to port that success to the PC.

Apple won't be alone in this market for long though -- Google's incoming Netbook/Notebook Chrome OS will feature a "Web Store" filled with internet apps.  While that app store has technically launched, its app catalog at this point is very sparse.

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RE: Success or flop?
By amanojaku on 12/16/2010 10:41:37 AM , Rating: 2
PC users have been buying and downloading software from the web for years. This is just Apple hosting the store, where you normally build one yourself or go to a different provider. MS already has a store. It doesn't have that fancy app download integration for Windows, but that's because the last time MS included something in the OS it got sued.

RE: Success or flop?
By superPC on 12/16/2010 11:35:32 AM , Rating: 2
you've got to admit the ability to search and pooled all available apps in one place is convenient. look at MS, it doesn't even have a place where you can easily download some of their free PC software. you have to know them first and deliberately seeking for it online (MS ICE, MS photosynth, and who knows countless other go to waste because no one knew about them). it did a good job with games for windows marketplace in PC (in terms of usability and feature) but it still lacking content. games for windows marketplace should have the ability to pool all windows games from all source like steam, bigfish, popcap, and gameloft. same thing should happened if MS decided to build an online software store. i've wasted 3-4 hours searching and trying out download manager softwares before finding one that suits me. if MS had an app store it can happened in minutes. i just type a keyword and look at user reviews and comment.

one more thing, if MS do build an app store for PC, people should be able to post an app from a website (put it in a separate catagory with try at your own risk tag obviously) so that everything can really be found in that app store.

RE: Success or flop?
By KoolAidMan1 on 12/18/2010 12:25:58 PM , Rating: 2
Yup, the package manager in Ubuntu is awesome, we all know how great Steam is, and how this is coming out for OS X. Very cool. Hopefully the same thing comes for Windows, although I don't expect it to be great if we are using GFW Live vs Steam as a point of reference...

RE: Success or flop?
By mellomonk on 12/16/2010 9:04:30 PM , Rating: 2
It seems the MS is working on a vetted Windows Store that will be a prominent feature of Windows 8.

Between the various App stores, Digital River, Steam, ect. I think the days discs of software being put in cardboard boxes and being shipped all over the country may finally be done. Now if we could drop the media in the next gen of game consoles....

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