Leaked Microsoft Screenshots Show “Windows App Store”

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Leaked screenshots allegedly from Microsoft show what is clearly labeled “Windows App Store.” The screenshots, posted by WindowsRumors, are reportedly from an early build of some sort from Microsoft, and the site stipulated that they haven’t been verified as being legitimately Microsoft in origin (TechCrunch noted that cnBeta.com posted a similar screenshot in Chinese that are also reportedly from Microsoft).

Windows App Store Screenshot

Windows App Store screenshot, as posted by WindowsRumors

Microsoft has a long track record of boldly going where Apple has shown the way. In this case, of course, Apple added a Mac App Store as a Mac OS X application in 2010, an idea modeled on the original App Store for iPhone and iPad apps. Microsoft eventually launched the Windows Phone Apps Marketplace, which to many may appear to be the bastard child of Apple’s App Store and Google’s own me-too store, Android Marketplace.

For this newest endeavor for peddling Windows software, Microsoft appears to have cut out the bastard middleman and went straight for plagiarism by naming it “Windows App Store.” While we’ll iterate the fact that even if this screenshot is truly from Microsoft, it’s an early build that was not intended for public release, but this could show why Microsoft is doing all it can to prevent Apple from getting a trademark on the name “App Store.”

For our last cheap shot, we’ll simply point out how ugly that screenshot is. It appears to be running in Windows 7, but came in a batch of screenshots that WindowsRumors was told is from early builds of Windows 8.

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17 Comments Leave Your Own

dlstarr7

HAhahahahahaha!!!

LaxWasHere

Epic Fail!

geoduck

Apple should create something called WINdowS Universal Client Kernel System.
Within 6 months Microsoft will be copying it.

Ross Edwards

Yeah, it has all the aesthetic appeal of a rotting corpse in the sun, per MS’s usual.  But honestly, were they supposed to NOT move to the app store model now that it’s proven? 

It’s lose-lose with you guys sometimes.  Whatever MS’s faults, you can’t ding them for knowing enough not to miss out on another opportunity to me-too an innovation.  If open, Embrace, Extend, and Extinguish.  If closed, Manufacture, Mimic, and Memetize.  That’s all they have EVER done, and it has built an empire worth trillion$.  Hate it all you want: their business model has worked.

Bottom line, they’re going to add whatever functionality they think they can bullet-point, never mind that it ruffles the feathers of the enemy faithful.  In fact, ESPECIALLY if it ruffles the feathers of the enemy faithful.

Personally, I’d find it a lot less annoying if they would ditch those stupid round humanoid icons.  Those have the be the greatest brand-graphic copouts since the IKEA Instruction Manual Guys.  Wouldn’t want to be inadvertently identifiable as belonging to any race, nationality, or gender, would we?  Cowards.  Not everything in media has to be an after-school special.

Lee Dronick

Yeah, it has all the aesthetic appeal of a rotting corpse in the sun, per MS?s usual…Personally, I?d find it a lot less annoying if they would ditch those stupid round humanoid icons.? Those have the be the greatest brand-graphic copouts since the IKEA Instruction Manual Guys.

I think that the indignation is because they are calling it an App Store, it being the Windows App Store not withstanding.

Perhaps they should bring back Clippy and call their store The Clip Joint. smile

Seriously, as far as I am concerned calling it the Windows App Store is far enough removed from the Apple App Store app that there shouldn’t be any confusion.

Last, but not least, we don’t even know if this more than just a rumor.  If it is something in the works they are probably, I hope, working on some alternative names:

Windows Application Mall
Windows Application E-Kiosk
Windows Software Store
Windows Software Emporium
Windows Application Megastore

Or a combination thereof.

NCLI

And Apple has a long history of going where Linux(Specifically Ubuntu in this case) has shown the way.

Try googling the Ubuntu Software Center, you’ll be amazed.

dlstarr7

Try googling the Ubuntu Software Center, you?ll be amazed.

Amazed by how hard it looks, yes.

NCLI

Amazed by how hard it looks, yes.

If this looks hard to you, you have a problem.

Lee Dronick

dlstarr7 said:Amazed by how hard it looks, yes.
If this looks hard to you, you have a problem.


This is the first return I got, and probably distarr as well, when I Googled Ubuntu Software Center https://wiki.ubuntu.com/SoftwareCenter. For the majority of computer users out there that page looks hard and geeky.

Perhaps you should have provided us with some links to app stores instead of telling us to search.

wab95

Perhaps they should bring back Clippy and call their store The Clip Joint

Love it. Then, if they wanted to give a cryptic nod to their store being based on ‘borrowed’ ideas, they could call it ‘The Clipped Joint’. This pattern is as clear and predictable as moon and its phases.

I, for one, am glad to see others following, to the extent of their imaginations and abilities, Apple’s lead. It does two things:

1) Reinforces Apple’s themes about the user experience and that the focal centre of that experience is the consumer (a seismic shift for the likes of MS and its satellites);

2) By offering pale, half-baked imitations, throws into favourable relief Apple’s products and services, reflective of Apple’s genius that has become the industry’s creative engine.

Let’s hope MS brings this one to market, alongside their retail stores.

geoduck

?The Clipped Joint?.

Wow…Cool…
Like what a gnarly college flashback that was man….

wab95

Like what a gnarly college flashback that was man?.

Holy unintended, Batman!

Lee Dronick

I more I think about it the more I think that MicroSoft, and others, should use a different word than “store.” This to set themselves apart, to reduce confusion. If your looking for software that runs under OSX you go to the App Store, if you need it to run under Windows you go to the MicroSoft Mall, or whatever they will call it. If you need something that runs under Ubuntu then go here

wab95

If you need something that runs under Ubuntu then go here

Now that was hilarious; mean, but hilarious.

Lee Dronick

Sir Harry Flashman said:If you need something that runs under Ubuntu then go here
Now that was hilarious; mean, but hilarious.

Yes, maybe a little mean. I should have linked to the Ubuntu Software Center, it is a little easier to read.

dlstarr7

This is the first return I got, and probably distarr as well, when I Googled Ubuntu Software Center https://wiki.ubuntu.com/SoftwareCenter. For the majority of computer users out there that page looks hard and geeky.

Perhaps you should have provided us with some links to app stores instead of telling us to search.

Exactly.  I was following directions.

dlstarr7

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