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Microsoft leaks plans for a Windows 8 app store

According to leaked documents making the rounds of the Internet, Microsoft's Windows 8 will come with an app store, allowing users to download Microsoft-endorsed apps and sync settings across all their Windows 8 devices. The service will be hosted entirely in the cloud, with a focus on helping developers reach an audience with a simple sales and licensing process. Is this Microsoft's attempt to energize third-party Windows devs the same way Apple's iTunes app store attracted Mac developers?

From the documents we've seen, It looks like the store will also include social features and app recommendations to help users with discovery and help app developers with sales. Neowin speculates that the whole thing will be powered by Microsoft Azure, the MS cloud OS, to help attract Azure developers.

Windows users: what features would you like to see in a Windows App Store?
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Tags: app store, AppStore, azure, microsoft, osupdates, windows 8, Windows8

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