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Interesting analysis of the Windows 8 store

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    Interesting analysis of the Windows 8 store


    Redmond has released a sloppy, inefficient, obtuse store thatís arguably the worst store baked into any modern OS. In short, itís a disaster.
    More: 5 reasons why the Windows 8 Store is a complete mess | Digital Trends

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    Through personal experience I have learned that in a lot of companies there is a Right Way, a Wrong way, & Their way.

    "Their way" usually prevails.
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    Oh. I have no great interest in "apps" on my pc. But isn't that supposed to very important in this new reimagined MS fantasyworld?

    I know what it is.

    I bet the store is pretty good - especially considering it is so new. Exciting new apps are being added day. Just give it as bit of time.

    The review is like that because the reviewer is clearly a twisted MS hater.
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    Yeah, it's sad. Prior to this post I spent very little time looking around the in the Store. Now that I read the story and poke around, this thing really is not very good at all.
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    It's one of the penalties for rushing this thing out.

    Hindsight is a wonderful thing - but it does rather look as if MS overegged the urgency.
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    Looking through the review, it looks like the contents of the MS Store are not a lot different than the contents of any "Apps" store -- including the Android Apps store. Someone once said of the heated debate between Droid fans and iPhone fans that who cares if Apple has 10 time the number of apps as does Google -- having 10,000 apps that make "farting sounds" is really no better than having 1000 apps that do that.

    As to the "pictures of babes" apps -- that's typically what shows up in the early days because it's an easy way to make money. Same was true of the Android store when it was starting up.
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    I will not fault MS for its anemic app selection or being less fascist in its approval process then Apple. Personally, I disagree with the entire "oversight" methodology that accompanies all these closed gardens. Who is MS or Google or Apple to say what I can purchase with my money for my pc.

    I will not draw comparisons between XBLA and the Indy section of Xbox Marketplace because I know they server two different purposes. Sure, XBLA is nice and clean with everything nicely vetted and tested. It also releases one or two games a week and that release list / order is completely dictated by Microsoft. Apple's store has more than its share of shovelware because there is no way in the world to provide the same tight oversight to an all encompassing app store that you can for a couple new games releasing a week.
    However, the article does hit on a lot of what's wrong with the store and that is basically the entire UX. It is an abysmal user interface with no real good way to get around or find items you want. Search is broke or easily manipulated or a combination of both. Even with the limited number of apps it already seems to have outgrown its usefulness and for that there is no excuse. They have been working on Windows 8 for a long time and have revamped the XBLA and WP stores repeatedly. They should know better but didn't seem to care...even when, like someone said, the App Store is a huge point of Windows 8 in the first place.
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    Personally, I disagree with the entire "oversight" methodology that accompanies all these closed gardens. Who is MS or Google or Apple to say what I can purchase with my money for my pc.
    That is a nice theory. But in practice it does not help the user. How is he supposed to know whether an app has been sufficiently tested and will not brick his system.

    Remember the calamities in the early days of Vista when the system was brought down every 2 minutes because of poorly tested device drivers from the OEMs. I don't think we want this scenario again.

    I rather have a professional organization which checks what's being offered and sorts out those programs that don't make the cut.
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    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    Personally, I disagree with the entire "oversight" methodology that accompanies all these closed gardens. Who is MS or Google or Apple to say what I can purchase with my money for my pc.
    That is a nice theory. But in practice it does not help the user. How is he supposed to know whether an app has been sufficiently tested and will not brick his system.

    Remember the calamities in the early days of Vista when the system was brought down every 2 minutes because of poorly tested device drivers from the OEMs. I don't think we want this scenario again.

    I rather have a professional organization which checks what's being offered and sorts out those programs that don't make the cut.
    Well considering most people nowadays buy Programmes online rather than in a store, the chances are much greater of getting a virus or something bricking your PC outside of the store than in the store.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    Oh. I have no great interest in "apps" on my pc. But isn't that supposed to very important in this new reimagined MS fantasyworld?

    I know what it is.

    I bet the store is pretty good - especially considering it is so new. Exciting new apps are being added day. Just give it as bit of time.

    The review is like that because the reviewer is clearly a twisted MS hater.

    Like I said yesterday, the Internet is full of Microsoft haters, they love the fact that Apple has $130 billion in offshore accounts, but when MS tries to make a few bucks, they're nothing but a bunch of thieves.

    They say MS should give away the type cover for free, yet they don't mind that Apple charges over $70 for a ridiculous cover that does nothing, or charges $50 for a bit of cable.
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