Windows 8: App store to be named Windows Store

By Tom Warren, on 30th Apr 11 9:11 pm with 7 Comments

Microsoft’s Windows 8 app store is likely to be named Windows Store, according to reports.

The software giant’s much talked about Windows Store will make an appearance in Windows 8 with a brand new logo. Mswin has discovered a Windows Store service in the latest leaked copy of Windows 8, build 7955. The app store will likely be HTML5 based and deliver applications straight to the users desktops from Microsoft’s Azure Cloud. Applications from Microsoft’s Windows Store will sync across any Windows Live linked PCs, allowing users to roam apps and settings across multiple desktops and laptops.

Microsoft is understood to be creating the ability to sync Windows settings into the cloud. The software giant will allow desktop wallpapers, language profiles, applications settings and more to sync to the cloud. Microsoft’s Windows Store will also fit into the company’s “Online ID” to roam across multiple machines. Microsoft is currently building cloud settings sync integration into the next generation of Windows. Earlier this week, details of a control panel item for “Roaming Options” were discovered under User Accounts. Further evidence of Microsoft’s Online ID integration surfaced in the form of an out-of-box-experience (OOBE) dialog screen. The screen details the Windows account options setup screen that allows Windows 8 users to link their Online ID to the computer or simply create a local account.

Microsoft is currently working on various Windows 8 features and is expected to deliver an early copy to developers at its Windows Developer Conference (WDC) in September. Here’s a round-up of the latest Windows 8 news:

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  • ThePro

    And it all comes from BetaArchive ;)

  • Grannyville7989

    The logo could do with a bit of colour, in my opinion.


      I think the final version will be something similar to Microsoft Store

  • Anonymous

    Lovely logo, it’s like the colorless version of the Microsoft Store logo. Both very nice.

  • Jason

    I wish Microsoft would invest in some consistency with their brands. They have gone with the ‘Marketplace’ moniker for ALL their other digital content distribution systems and should continue this. The name should be ‘Windows Marketplace’ and have the same icon/logo as Marketplace on WP7. They are both Windows products and they should have a similar feel when you are using them; having different monikers and logos for what are essentially the same thing makes the whole experience of using MS products feel clumsy and disjointed.

    Similarly I think they should either rename ‘Control Panel’ on Windows to ‘Settings’ to match WP7 or vice versa.

  • Gornot

    Looking back, I think the first sign of the MetroUI can be seen in WLM2011, don’t you agree? The way it looks and behaves, the fonts… I can’t say for sure as I haven’t checked any of the leaks yet (will wait for an official beta) but it certainly strikes me as Zune-ish.

  • Vitor

    Micosoft is always coping Apple… Windows Store, doesn’t it remind you something like Mac App Store?
    But it’s good to have this feature in different OS’s