Originally Posted by nathris
Apple has a bad reputation though. Apple's previous "App Store" is restrictive to the point of being anti-competitive, and also the only way to install apps on the device. Its not that far of a stretch to imagine them locking OSX down like they do with iOS.
Microsoft's reputation is exactly the opposite, since they aren't the ones charging $100/year for the right to develop on their platform.
Its good to finally see this happen, and as long as they don't do something stupid to mess it up I think this could be the biggest milestone in OS development since the web browser. For the first time we will have a central distribution system on every major operating system.
If you were to travel back in time to the 90s and tell someone that in 15 years you would be able to simply download any program you wanted from the internet and install it without the need for any kind of disk they would laugh. I wouldn't be surprised if in another decade you'll be telling your kids that back in your day you had to download an exe using a web browser and manually install every piece of software, since app stores didn't exist.
I suppose there are some positives to this, but downloading an exe from a web browser imo is much more productive in general.
App Stores, whether it's Apple's or Android's, can be very convoluted and "mainstream" if you will. Whatever is popular or endorsed always makes it to the front page, and some of the best apps you have to dig for in messes of garbage. Even with the restrictions of Apple, alot of it is stupid nonsense or you've heard it billions of times over. The usual apps like Angry Birds and about 30 other ones like Facebook are ALWAYS on the top lists of the App Store. Well of course they are, who doesn't
have those apps? That would be me taking Internet Explorer, Chrome, and Opera and throwing them up as the "most popular programs list" and the front page.
The web on the other hand is an infinite resource where you can look for anything your heart pleases. While an app store might consolidate it all to lists and one central location, it's not as productive imo especially when you're just looking for new programs. It's constrictive and convoluted even if there isn't any heavily enforced rules like Apple.
I don't think an app store is necessarily bad, but where is the originality and why is this a "big feature" when they should be working on something like library enhancements or something new. An app store isn't exactly "upgrading" Windows.Edited by OmegaNemesis28 - 4/12/11 at 11:58am