You may know that I run a weekly series over at Betanews where I look at the best new app releases or updates for Windows 8. If you do not, check it out, it is great, haha. It takes quite some time to browse through the new store releases to find the ten apps that stick out of the rest. The main problem here is that new apps are usually not rated or reviewed, unless it is an app released by a heavyweight such as Microsoft, Adobe or another big software company.
Anyway, I browse through a lot of apps and test a lot as well, and get a pretty good view of what's getting released and the overall quality of the store. Windows Store, like the Android or iOS store, has a quality problem. For every app that you like, you get dozens of apps that I'd consider great if I'd still be using a Commodore Amiga.
Even if I take all the low quality apps aside and look only at the high quality ones, I can only come to one conclusion: that I do not really need any of the apps that the store provides me with.
Don't get me wrong. Watching live TV using the store is great, listening to Internet Radio using one of the apps available, or watching movie trailers, but that is all also available on the Internet or on my desktop. Why would I use an application to watch movie trailers if I can go to sites like Trailerpunk to do the same and without having to install an app that uses storage space?
Why use an Internet Radio app when a program like AIMP3 makes more stations available in form of a library, and if that is not enough, supports radio streams that I can add to it?
The problem that I'm facing is that I have programs and Internet sites for everything that the store has to offer and I'm hard pressed to find a reason to use the a store app instead.
There is only one situation where I'd consider using store apps in favor of desktop programs, and that is on a machine running Windows RT. The only reason for that is that I can't run desktop programs on that system.
To be fair, there is another situation where I prefer to use store apps, or shall I say games. When my nephew comes around, I prefer to install store apps for him for a number of reasons. They have been verified by Microsoft, I can be sure that a click does not accidentally take him to a site or game that is not appropriate.
This may sound a bit harsh and all, but I can't really find another reason to use Windows Store apps on a desktop PC. Can you?
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