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Windows 8 app store is the Achille's heal or cruel joke

  1. #1


    Posts : 41
    Windows 7 - Linux (Ubuntu & Zorin) - XP

    Windows 8 app store is the Achille's heal or cruel joke


    Whether you like windows 8 or not, I believe the greatest disappointment is the App store.

    While windows 8 needs major improvement with usability features, which Windows Blue won't fix and let's forget about how many apps are available, I believe two major factors are:

    1. quality of apps
    2. trying to navigate the Windows Store itself

    First, I am disappointed in the types of apps that are available, with exception to maybe 15-20, most are junk apps, a duplication of other apps, and honestly some pay for apps that should have been included free to begin with. Lets face it, working with files in Metro is next to useless, and even the payed file manager apps are lacking in my opinion. I have yet to see how to view network drives without going into desktop mode, let alone to actually use them. Then the apps that are available feel like they have been stripped clean, just compare the Skype metro app to the desktop version, it almost seems useless.

    Second, trying to find apps is a nightmare, you have your major categories, but those need further refining. With the exception of Games, none of the others have sub-categories. Example; Entertainment should have music, music players, radio, videos, video players, movies, etc.. How about tools, at least have Windows tools, office tools, educational, and so forth. At least, make it somewhat user friendly. Instead their choices are free or payed. what a "crock" of garbage.

    Seriously, there are no functional business applications, as with Apple and Android. No real banking tools, or real world tools. There are no real creative tools to speak of, so what's the point?

    Windows 8, doesn't even come with the media center. To me it's almost like a cruel joke. They reduce or bury functionality, strip away standard components, and then make it more difficult to use.

    They then wonder why it hasn't been successful. I am almost shocked that it is even selling. When I think about it, there isn't a whole lot about it to like.

    Surface tablets aren't even 3G or 4G, so why should we embrace this?

    If Microsoft is not making an effort to improve things, then why should we support it ?

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  2. #2


    Posts : 66
    Windows 8 Professional


    The Windows 8 App Store is still in its infancy. It took more than 5 years before the iTunes App Store became popular and profitable. And Google Play is just now starting to gain a little momentum. It would be a wonderful world if technology services and products were every thing we wanted and more right out of the box. But unfortunately that's not the world we live in yet.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 2,627
    win8.1.1 enterprise


    Does this forum really need another thread about how bad posters think win8 is ,especially one that according to there computer specs ,isn't even using win8 ,having said that i to find the app store hard to find things i might like ,so i stopped looking !
    I totally agree with Spyderbite
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  4. #4


    Posts : 41
    Windows 7 - Linux (Ubuntu & Zorin) - XP


    Quote Originally Posted by caperjack View Post
    Does this forum really need another thread about how bad posters think win8 is ,especially one that according to there computer specs ,isn't even using win8 ,having said that i to find the app store hard to find things i might like ,so i stopped looking !
    I totally agree with Spyderbite
    I have 6 computers, I happen to be using my Windows 8 tablet at the moment (for this forum), I also run Windows 7, XP, Ubuntu, and even have an iPhone and iPad. I have had this tablet about 4 months and it came with Windows 8 which was upgraded to Pro. I even have a copy of Windows 8 Consumer Preview still load in a dual boot machine. And yes, I am going to point out, Microsoft's failings with this. If I don't and others like me, they will continue to put out garbage.

    They don't really have anything new here, they are just trying to play catch up. For gods sake what version of iPad is out now? I have lost count.

    As for the apps (or lack of), Windows 8 and preview versions have been out for almost 2 years now, when the iPhones and others came out, they truly were brand new, at least Microsoft should know what types of apps people are looking for, and they certainly could have made the app store more functional. What a lack of creativity.

    So for those who wish to mock my words, just remember, it is whiners like us that make them create better products. Gee, do we really want to go back to Vista, or better yet how about Windows 3.0.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 2,156
    Win7 Ult on DIY; Win8 Pro on MBP/Parallels; Win7 Ult on MBP/Boot Camp; Win7 Ult/Win8 Pro on HP


    The app store in not good, no doubt. It will improve over time. I used it once and decided that doing so is not worth my while for now.
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  6. #6


    Posts : 5,360
    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    And yes, I am going to point out, Microsoft's failings with this. If I don't and others like me, they will continue to put out garbage.
    Yes, of course you can do that.

    That is what a forum is for.

    Unfortunately, not everybody believes in free speech.
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  7. #7


    Posts : 219
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 Bit


    The windows app store is not likely to get better any time soon. It is just a not a very fun environment for developers. People who say that it took 5 years for the apple store to become profitable, which I think is a bogus figure, should also know that it took longer than that for Microsoft to even release one.
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  8. #8


    Posts : 1,127
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    And yes, I am going to point out, Microsoft's failings with this. If I don't and others like me, they will continue to put out garbage.
    Yes, of course you can do that.

    That is what a forum is for.

    Unfortunately, not everybody believes in free speech.
    we wouldn't tolerate multiple new threads stating how great an OS is.

    it''s not about the opinion. it's about being repetitive for repetitive's sake. I'm glad the madness on Classic Shell subsided when there were like 10 threads on it.
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  9. #9


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    I think the apps store problem is catch 22. Windows 8 - at least in RT land - does not sell because of the missing apps and the apps developers don't bother to develop any because it does not sell well. They have a much better terrain in Android.

    There was a statistic recently (can't find it now) about the apps increase for the MS store compared to Android and the MS nums were dismal. So it is going to be a difficult uphill battle.
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  10. #10


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Quote Originally Posted by KarterJK View Post
    Whether you like windows 8 or not, I believe the greatest disappointment is the App store.

    While windows 8 needs major improvement with usability features, which Windows Blue won't fix and let's forget about how many apps are available, I believe two major factors are:

    1. quality of apps
    2. trying to navigate the Windows Store itself

    First, I am disappointed in the types of apps that are available, with exception to maybe 15-20, most are junk apps, a duplication of other apps, and honestly some pay for apps that should have been included free to begin with. Lets face it, working with files in Metro is next to useless, and even the payed file manager apps are lacking in my opinion. I have yet to see how to view network drives without going into desktop mode, let alone to actually use them. Then the apps that are available feel like they have been stripped clean, just compare the Skype metro app to the desktop version, it almost seems useless.

    Second, trying to find apps is a nightmare, you have your major categories, but those need further refining. With the exception of Games, none of the others have sub-categories. Example; Entertainment should have music, music players, radio, videos, video players, movies, etc.. How about tools, at least have Windows tools, office tools, educational, and so forth. At least, make it somewhat user friendly. Instead their choices are free or payed. what a "crock" of garbage.

    Seriously, there are no functional business applications, as with Apple and Android. No real banking tools, or real world tools. There are no real creative tools to speak of, so what's the point?

    Windows 8, doesn't even come with the media center. To me it's almost like a cruel joke. They reduce or bury functionality, strip away standard components, and then make it more difficult to use.

    They then wonder why it hasn't been successful. I am almost shocked that it is even selling. When I think about it, there isn't a whole lot about it to like.

    Surface tablets aren't even 3G or 4G, so why should we embrace this?

    If Microsoft is not making an effort to improve things, then why should we support it ?
    I wholeheartedly agree, all of the apps I bought do NOT do any of what they promised to do, and what you have to watch out for are 3rd party facebook, Youtube, even Media Player apps that look like they are legit, but most of them are made by chinese spam-app devs. The worst Apps I wasted 2 bucks on were supposed to open Word and Excel files, but they do not open the files, they UPLOAD them to a remote site. Like Hades if I am gonna upload my private docs to a remote server. I can use FileExplorer on my iPhone to read anything I have on my PCs at home, it logs me right in and I can ooen Word and Excel docs with iWorks apps.
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