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Vincent Chang male Former Senior Tech Writer

Vincent has written enough about tech to know that he doesn't know enough about tech. But that's not keeping him from going jargon-heavy about processors and mobos. After all, "you can't stop the signal".

Enough with the App Stores Already

So it seems that Intel too is jumping into the App Store model. To entice more developers into writing apps for the netbook, the chip giant has even set up a million dollar kitty. Oh and there's a SDK ready, with both Windows and Moblin environments. These moves are straight out of the App Store textbook but the question is, do we really need another walled garden?

Consider this: in the mobile phone arena where the app store model is prevalent, there are increasingly signs of fragmentation. One can argue that cross-platform compatibility is not an issue here since one is tied to a mobile OS or phone vendor once it's purchased and having specific apps under one roof helps given the limitations of the phone. Popular apps usually get ported around by their developers anyway. However, for Windows apps, there has already been an 'App Store' for the longest time. 

It's called the internet. Developers write their programs to run on the platform; they can sell it via direct downloading with license keys, let users try for a limited period of time aka shareware or release them as freeware and rely on donations. As for looking for that required application, there's Google for your searches.

No doubt, it's useful to have applications that are customized for the netbook, taking in account its limitations, but an app store is going way overboard here.

 

 

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haha, maybe Intel sees advantages & success in having a App Store ? App store is not a walled garden like you think... you should think of App Store like Giant or Carrefour everything under one roof....

App Stores enables smaller developers like students, collage grads, who have limited funding or expense to develop, sell & market their apps with no expenses needed, submit their apps and immediately start selling.... no shopping cart or hosting site, and the marketing of a app not needed.

App stores save the buyers time, and it's safer buying from an App Store, rather than giving out their credit card info or paypal to 10 different websites for 10 different apps... App store probably the only place you can keep buying apps at a buck or 2 ... and have the app downloaded directly into your phone without a pc.

Walled garden ? more like walled mentality for you.


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