Microsoft to Wield Absolute Control over Windows 8 Metro App Supply

Pulkit Chandna

Microsoft is unlike other pretenders to the tablet throne, all of whom are simply following Apple’s lead, in that it wants Windows 8-based tablets to deliver both the versatility and power of traditional PCs and the pickup-and-play ease of media tablets. But that’s where the differences end as Redmond also seems to have a fair amount of faith in the old adage “when in Rome . . .” Like Apple, the pioneer of the modern app store, MS also plans to keep 30 percent of all app sales. But that’s not the only part of Apple’s app distribution model to have caught Microsoft fancy.ercent of all app sales. But that’s not the only part of Apple’s app distribution model to have caught Microsoft's fancy.

The company has confirmed that Metro apps will be available only through the Windows Store. “We will be the only store for distribution of Metro-style apps,” Ted Dworkin, who spearheads Windows Store development team, revealed at last week’s BUILD conference.

Apparently, the software giant wants to wield total control over the Metro app supply for the sake of security. According to Dworkin, all apps will be vetted for viruses and malware before being sent to the Windows Store. But it’s also quite obvious that the company doesn’t want third-party app stores to eat into its app sales.

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