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Windows 8 will have an App Store

It'll never catch on.

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Microsoft plans to build an App store into Windows 8.

That was one of the feature teams name-checked during a MSDN (Microsoft Developer Network) blog post about "Introducing the team".

There are 35 separate teams collaborating to build the next generation of Windows, and each of those teams can comprise "anywhere from 25-40 developers, plus test and program management", wrote Windows President Steven Sinofsky.

Other Windows 8 feature teams that caught our eye were Human Interaction Platform (Kinect?) and Graphics Platform (DirectX?).

The teams are listed below. Windows 8 is tentatively scheduled for a 2012 launch.

  • App Compatibility and Device Compatibility
  • App Store
  • Applications and Media Experience
  • App Experience
  • Core Experience Evolved
  • Device Connectivity
  • Devices & Networking Experience
  • Ecosystem Fundamentals
  • Engineer Desktop
  • Engineering System
  • Enterprise Networking
  • Global Experience
  • Graphics Platform
  • Hardware Developer Experience
  • Human Interaction Platform
  • Hyper-V
  • In Control of Your PC
  • Kernel Platform
  • Licensing and Deployment
  • Media Platform
  • Networking Core
  • Performance
  • Presentation and Composition
  • Reliability, Security, and Privacy
  • Runtime Experience
  • Search, View, and Command
  • Security & Identity
  • Storage & Files Systems
  • Sustained Engineering
  • Telemetry
  • User-Centered Experience
  • Windows Online
  • Windows Update
  • Wireless and Networking services
  • XAML

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