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
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
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.
quote: Not to mention that if software vendors are now forced to go through the Mac App Store, they're going to have to raise their prices in order to still meet their own margins, while factoring in an additional 30% cut for Apple now. I can imagine that won't encourage developers to focus on Mac applications. Why pay $149 for an "app" when the PC version of the same exact "program" is $115?
quote: However, if Apple gives in to their desire for ever-increasing control over their products and user experiences, then it could be dangerous for the Mac as a platform.
quote: zFinal prediction. Microsoft copies the App Store for Windows in about 18 months time probably when Windows 8 is released (i.e around the time that Microsoft's revenues start to decline).