After suggesting a game fro the Windows Store to a reader, I received this response. “I’m not sure what’s safe anymore so I really avoid Apps and don’t really know how to use them.”
First, you’re using an app right now. If you’re online with a browser accessing your mail, you’re using a browser app. If you sent the message via an email client, you’re using a mail app. If you write a document, you’re using a word processing app. An app isn’t some and different thing, it’s just short for application, which is the exact same thing as a program. Everything you use on your PC is an app of some type. App has recently become the preferred term for programs, partly due to the fact that it’s how programs are generally referred to when talking about tablets and cell phones. But they’re all programs and they’re all apps, too.
Some apps are referred to as “desktop” apps. That means they are designed to run on more powerful machines like a full Windows PC or a Mac. Examples of a desktop app would be Microsoft Office, Photoshop, MS Paint, and Internet Explorer. Now there are also mobile versions available for Office and several other desktop apps.
There’s nothing to be scared of when using an app. (Not any more so that going to a website or popping a disc in your CD to install a program.) Because it’s nothing new. You use an app like you use a program because they are the same thing. Of course, just like with any new program, you do need to get used to how the program works before you’re completely
Your best bet for safe Windows 10 apps would be to purchase them in the Windows Store, which itself is actually an app on your PC. Just tap the icon that looks like a shopping bag.
Tomorrow, I’ll walk you through the basics of using the Windows store.