Up to this point I’ve been a pretty loud supporter of the new operating system anyway. I installed the consumer preview on a Samsung ultrabook and that process went fairly smoothly, with only a few snags (that are to be expected in any operating system upgrade). I played with the new interface and actually liked it – even on a laptop.
But then I realized how tightly integrated the new OS is with Windows Live – and that’s when the whole thing started to go right off the rails.
Windows PC users have long bemoaned the difficulty they have finding safe, virus-free software on the internet. And while Apple’s new app store may have at least partially solved that problem for Mac users, developers have to be more than a little concerned about potential difficulties the store may cause them.
Today’s launch of the Mac App Store comes as part of an OS update patch, and once downloaded reveals a screen that iPhone/iPod/IPad users will be very familiar with. It looks and functions almost identically to the existing app stores, right down to the simple purchase and install procedure, even for expensive and more elaborate software. Continue reading →