Mac App Store Launches January 6th 2011

Both Microsoft and Apple are putting app stores into their desktop operating systems (at least the Microsoft story is true according to a leak earlier this year from HP) but Apple is set to beat Microsoft off the starting-blocks by a whole year and a half.

Not content to wait until the launch of the next version of OS X, the company will launch the Mac App Store on January 6th 2011 according to Business Newswire.

In a statement Apple boss Steve Jobs said “The App Store revolutionized mobile apps.  We hope to do the same for PC apps with the Mac App Store by making finding and buying PC apps easy and fun. We can’t wait to get started on January 6.”

Apple has had enormous success with their app store for the iPhone, especially with the business model of making money from every app sold, and are hoping to replicate this on the desktop.  With the goodwill so many Apple users have towards the iTunes App Store as it is, it is entirely possible the new store will be a resounding success from the off.

It’s also an opportunity for Microsoft to watch how things go and to see how Apple are running things.  What are the biggest criticisms of the store?  Will it be run just through iTunes?  There will be a lot of opportunity here for Microsoft to find out the best way to implement their own Windows 8 (and presumably Windows 7 too) app store in time for the Windows 8 launch in 2012.

So far as selling your own apps on the Mac app store goes, developers can set the price of their apps and keep 70% of the revenue.  There will be no charge for free apps and no charges for hosting, marketing or credit card transactions.

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4 Responses to Mac App Store Launches January 6th 2011

  1. Guest December 17, 2010 at 12:43 pm #

    “but Apple is set to beat Microsoft off the starting-blocks by a whole year and a half.”

    What else is new? MS needs new leadership. They can’t afford to constantly be late like this.

    • Anonymous December 17, 2010 at 7:39 pm #

      oh yeah kinect and motion were very late. and their slates? those they made 10 years before the ipad. so you guest stfu

  2. Jotinpro December 17, 2010 at 5:45 pm #

    I agree. This should be pretty easy to get going. Microsoft needs to get this up and running within the next six months.

  3. Ian Mott December 18, 2010 at 10:14 pm #

    when you think about it Ubuntu has been doing this for a while and it makes life a whole lot easier. There’s may not be called an app store but essentially the same thing so they were really way ahead of these guys in doing that and if you try out the new Ubuntu 10.10 there software center is really user friendly

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