Microsoft confirms Windows 8 app store
Microsoft has revealed more details of Windows 8, confirming plans to include an app store.
Earlier this year, leaked screenshots suggested Microsoft was working on a Windows app store – and after the success that Apple has had with the format, it’s no surprise.
The company confirmed that it has a team working on developing a store, but gave no other detail in a blog post about the new OS.
Steven Sinofsky, Windows president, listed three dozen different teams working on Windows 8, including one titled “app store”.
Windows 8 is Microsoft’s effort to target the tablet market, so the OS will have a strong focus on apps, Sinofsky said.
“Today more than two out of three PCs are mobile (laptops, netbooks, notebooks, tablets, slates, convertibles, etc),” Sinofsky said in a post on the new Windows 8 blog.
“The appearance of touch-screen mobile phones with the rich capabilities they bring, have together changed the way we all view computing,” he added. “Most of all, computing is much more focused on applications and on people than on the operating system itself or the data. These changes in the landscape motivate the most significant changes to Windows, from the chips to the experience.”