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Microsoft mulling Windows 7 app store?

updated 02:00 pm EST, Thu January 22, 2009

MS Win 7 App Store Survey

Microsoft has issued a survey to Windows 7 beta users that suggests the software developer may create a central repository for downloading and updating apps besides its own, Ars Technica notes. The questionnaire asks users to rank the importance of various features for a single location for "finding and managing updates" for programs, including the option of downloading, installing and updating non-Microsoft software.

The survey lists a number of potential extras that typically haven't been available from Microsoft's existing in the past and point directly to a storefront, such as the ability to filter outside apps to those from trusted developers as well as checking ratings and reviews. Software downloaded through the portal could also auto-configure themselves, such as getting permission from the firewall or copying directly to a USB drive for launch from the removable drive.

There are no indications that Microsoft is beyond the early exploration stage for the feature, and whether the update would be available for Windows 7 or else a future edition of the software. Adding the feature would nonetheless give Microsoft a rough Windows parallel to centralized app portals such as those in Ubuntu and other Linux distributions as well as mobile fronts such as iPhone's App Store or RIM's BlackBerry Application Center.



By Electronista Staff
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  1. Peter Bonte

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    Nice

    It would be nice to have a Appstore for osX but then Apple would need a killswitch to retroact on mallware distributed via that appstore.
    Apps would also get limited access to system resources because a virus could deactivate that killswitch, it works great on a portable device but i think its much harder to do on a general OS like osX or Windows.

  1. snork

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    Virus?

    Peter...I don't think it would be any different to do for a general OS than a portable device. I'm sure Apple screens all apps for malware/virus before being made available on the AppStore. It would be similar to CNET's download.com...all software there is prescreened to be safe.

  1. Peter Bonte

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    Not true

    download.com have been known to have spyware and addware, the site also isn't responsible for damage done by the software. If MS of Apple would offer such a service than it would have to be pretty sure there 100% safe and don't f**k up the computer, they would be responsible for the damage.
    the only solution is to greatly limit the software (ala iPhone) and have a killswitch.
    Another option for MS and Apple would be to offer copyprotection on a system level to developers.

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