So much for Intel’s bid to get hip with our app-filled times: the company is shutting down AppUp, its app store for Windows-based PC apps. “The world’s largest app store that nobody’s ever heard of,” in the words of AppUp boss Peter Biddle, that description in hindsight may have been tempting fate, with obscurity perhaps ultimately the reason for its undoing.
It’s been obvious for some time that netbooks never conquered the world in the way some had predicted they might. But it wasn’t until I recently began shopping around to replace the netbook I bought in 2009 that I realized just how totally and completely netbooks have disappeared from the market. And that makes me sad.
Apple has just released a new app that brings their online store into the palm of your hand. Given the self evident name Apple Store, the new app delivers much of what makes the Apple Store such a success.
Apple and Amazon are fighting over made up words, as you may well be aware. Apple takes issue with Amazon’s use of “Appstore,” the name for the online retailer’s marketplace of Android software, which came after Apple had already been using its own App Store branding for a mobile apps market for a couple of years.
Presumably designed long ago to sneakily land smack-bang on the day that the CES show in Las Vegas starts in earnest, Apple’s “Mac App Store” has finally and officially opened at last, beating Microsoft to any PC App Store punch and set to make Apple a whole lotta extra moolah, no longer just on every sale of hardware, but now on the sale of any and all software through the Mac App Store, too!