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: A personal computer (PC) is any general-purpose computer whose size, capabilities, and original sales price make it useful for individuals, and which is intended to be operated directly by an end-user with no intervening computer operator. Many people consider a PC to be a Windows system, but this is not true and PC's include any type of computer that is used in a "personal" manner. This is in contrast to the batch processing or time-sharing models which allowed large expensive mainframe systems to be used by many people, usually at the same time, or large data processing systems which required a full-time staff to operate efficiently. It is also in contrast with the more recent trend of controlling software availability through an intervening third party such as the Apple App Store.A personal computer may be a desktop computer, a laptop, a tablet PC, or a handheld PC (also called a palmtop). The most common microprocessors in personal computers are x86-compatible CPUs. Software applications for personal computers include word processing, spreadsheets, databases, Web browsers and e-mail clients, games, and myriad personal productivity and special-purpose software applications. Modern personal computers often have connections to the Internet, allowing access to the World Wide Web and a wide range of other resources.
quote: personal computer –nouna microcomputer designed for individual use, as by a person in an office or at home or school, for such applications as word processing, data management, financial analysis, or computer games. Abbreviation: PCOrigin:1975–80