Using the Windows Store

The Windows Store (shown in Figure 37.1) is a new feature of Windows 8. It provides an online area where you can download Windows 8 apps for your computer, tablet, or Windows phone. Windows 8 apps are typically single-functioning applications (for example, reading and responding to Twitter feeds) designed for the Windows 8 interface and must adhere to strict application development guidelines before they are approved for the Windows Store. Users can browse the Windows Store for apps. (Future Windows Store offerings might include full-featured applications, such as Microsoft Office.)

FIGURE 37.1 The new Windows Store available with Windows 8


As you read in Chapter 2, “Navigating the Windows 8 Interface,” the Windows 8 interface represents a shift toward touch-based interaction with the operating system and applications, driven in large part by the growth of the tablet and handheld device markets. But Windows 8 is not just about touch; it’s also about simplification and putting applications within easy reach. The Windows Store makes acquiring apps easy and quick. The Windows Store is available online and requires that your computer meet the following requirements:

  • High-speed Internet connection.
  • Screen resolution of at least 1024 × 768.
  • For the Snap feature to work, your screen resolution must be set to a minimum of 1366 × 768.

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