Microsoft detailed and demonstrated its Windows Store for Windows 8
Ted Dworkin, a Partner Director of Program Management on the Windows Web Services team, kicked a Windows Store session at BUILD this afternoon by revealing the company’s plans to lock down Metro apps. Microsoft is planning to malware scan and security check Metro apps submitted to its store and Dowrkin revealed that Metro apps will only be available through the new store. Dworkin did briefly reveal that Microsoft will support side loading of applications for developers.
One of the more interesting aspects of the Store is the ability for websites to advertise their Windows 8 Metro application for download on their own site. Websites with an application will include a button for end users to launch or download the application. The launch surface will push the user straight into the Metro Windows Store experience and offer them the ability to download or trial the application. If the application is already installed then it will simply work as a launch surface for the existing app.
Dworkin refused to detail any of Microsoft’s plans for licensing, requirements or the finer details around how Microsoft will manage the costs of apps etc. Microsoft will unveil these over time and it’s clear the company is still fleshing these specifics out internally.
Check-out the Windows Store for Windows 8 demo below.