With Apple recognising the power of a centralised one-stop app shop and bringing it to the Mac desktop, you have to wonder whether such a piece of consumer simplicity would work for Windows?

But before we get that far, it’s worth asking another question – will a Mac App Store devalue commercial software? The one danger is that consumers are used to paying no more than a couple of dollars or so for apps for the iPhones. Will they now expect to get desktop apps for the same price?

The question for Microsoft however is given the wide array of hardware its Windows operating systems have been sold and used on over even just the last five years, could a Windows App Store be workable from a simple compatibility viewpoint?

At the very least, Microsoft would need to follow in Apple’s footsteps and only support its latest operating system – Windows 7. This would cut down support issues considerably and tie the whole idea down enough to make it vaguely workable. You still have the issue of software working on a wide array of different hardware but given you’d be talking about current hardware, there’s more of a chance of it working.

In a way, Apple is only doing what Ubuntu, Debian and other Linux distros have already been doing for a number of years with their own software repositories. Each new version of these Linux distros sees repositories of software guaranteed to work on those distros.

It’s not new, but no doubt Apple will be the first to make some serious money out of it.

Whether Microsoft thinks it can do something similar on its own Windows scale remains to be seen.

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