Chapter 5: Taking Control of the Windows Store

In This Chapter

arrow.png Getting the lowdown on Windows Store apps

arrow.png Exploring the Windows Store

arrow.png Updating your Store accounts and preferences

If you’re familiar with buying programs in the Apple App Store, you already know about 90 percent of the procedures you’ll find in the Windows Store.

Microsoft’s Windows Store launched simultaneously with the release of Windows 8. The Windows Store is a big, extensible, very usable source of new programs for the tiled Metro side of your Windows computer. There are even apps that run on the desktop side, too — although they’re very few and far between.

Apps make or break any computer these days, and Microsoft knows it. That’s why you find some popular apps in the Windows Store — it’s good for you, and good for Microsoft, over and above the 30 percent commission Microsoft makes on every sale.

askwoodycom_vista.eps For many folks, though, the Windows Store continues to be a major disappointment. The big-name apps are appearing in the Windows Store at glacial speed — there wasn’t even a legitimate Facebook app until more than a year ...

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