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Why Is It Called An App Store?

Sunday, June 5th, 2016 by | Filed Under: Android, I've Always Wanted To Know..., iOS, Windows 10, Windows 8

If you want apps for your Android device, you go to the Google Play Store. If you want apps for the iPhone you go to the Apple App Store. If you want Windows programs and apps, you go to the Windows Store. A reader is puzzled by the use of the word “store.” He writes: “I read that Cynthia says to go to Microsoft store to find the free games? Highly illogical that you should be able to go to a store and get FREE stuff. There was a swack of games on XP pro that were just part of the desktop display
Going to a store sounds like M$ future vision :to nickel and dime us to death.And buy the apps. for the games.”

While Microsoft, Google, and Apple each call the place where you download apps a store, that’s probably a misnomer. Each of these things¬† is an app that interacts with an online hub. From this hub you can purchase programs, update programs and download a whole lot of free content. I suppose calling it the app app wouldn’t sound right. (By the way, an app is just a program. A program is an app.)


App stores have actually had the opposite effect of nickel and diming customers to death. There are now hundreds of thousands of free apps available for Android and Apple users and thousands of free apps for Windows 8, 8.1 and 10.


There are certainly many more games available for free in the Windows store than were ever included as part of Windows XP or Windows 7. Check it out, you’ll find thousands of free games. Some of them do have the possibility of in-app purchases, but many do not.


Even the games that cost money, often cost less than they did 10 or 15 years ago when users purchased them on CDs.

App stores like these are why you don’t see a software store in every shopping center anymore. Most companies prefer to skip the expense of pressing physical copies and paying for distribution. They just put their items up for download on their own sites or in app stores.

There’s no denying the convenience of being able to pick out a program and instantly download it to your PC.¬† Instead of including games that people might not want or need on the OS, allowing people to choose and download only the games they like means that unwanted programs aren’t taking up space on your PC. And for business environments, it means that games don’t have to be removed from PCs.

With purchases from a app store, there’s an even greater convenience. If your device dies, is stolen, or you just get a new device, you can re-download all of your apps from the app store in just a few minutes.

~ Cynthia

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