Before the much-anticipated release of Windows 8, Microsoft has disclosed some details about the operating system's app store and its wireless networking stack.
Through a blog post released on 20 January, the company officials have apprised the public of how they plan to design and organize the Windows 8 app store.
The Windows Store, which is to be launched in its nascent form as part of the Windows 8 Beta, has, as very much expected, the Metro look and feel. The blog post details the different features of the app store like its landing page, the list of new apps, editorial pages, data-generated lists, etc. It also talks about the varied experiences of browsing the app store, doing a search, installing new software and updating the existing ones.
Metro-style apps can be downloaded and purchased directly from the app store. Other desktop apps can also be found but one cannot buy or download them. Instead, the app store will direct the users to the makers of these desktop apps. The purchasing can be done from there.
Microsoft has organized a First Apps contest in order to encourage developers to create new Windows 8 apps that can be included in the app store. The finalists are currently working on their respective apps for the Beta version.
It is not just the app store that was in news. In their blog post, the Microsoft officials even mentioned the changes made to the Windows 8 wireless networking stack in order to optimize it for Wi-Fi and mobile broadband networks.