Windows 8 Will Now Offer Desktop Apps In The Windows Store... Sort Of

We've seen what the Windows Store looks like, and it's a good way to get new metro apps for Windows 8 PCs and tablets. However, it doesn't offer desktop apps and that irked us from the very start. Starting today, the Windows Store will list desktop apps for easier discovery, but those entried will merely be links to the developer's website where you can buy it from them directly.

We have mixed feelings about this — on one hand, it's annoying that you still can't get desktop apps as easily as you can mobile apps, but it's also nice to see the developers getting more focus (unlike on the Mac platform, where Apple uses the Mac App Store to take a cut from all app sales). Either way, there's now one more way to discover desktop apps for Windows. You can check out the new store in the Windows 8 Release Preview. [MSDN Blogs]


    So they get exposure without MS taking a cut? Sounds pretty good to me.

    Yeah, it seems pretty strange to me that MS get negative press around advertising 3rd party vendor's software for free without forcing them to sell through their own store so they can take a cut. Next they'll be getting stuck into Google for not charging money for Android.

    Listing Win32 apps was their stated plan since before Consumer Preview came out. The news is that the listings are available starting today, not that it's possible at all.

      Agree, I knew about this back when they first unveiled Win8 and the Windows Store.

    Does the link open in the Metro browser or does it chuck you into Desktop? Or is the fact that the apps are Desktop apps clear in the WinStore itself? Would be good to keep confusion on this point at bay...

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