Windows president Steven Sinofsky appears to have finally confirmed rumours that the next version of the Microsoft operating system will feature an app store similar to Apple's Mac App Store for OS X-based applications.
In a blog post to introduce the Windows 8 engineering and development team, Sinofsky listed the teams which will contribute to the project, including apparently new entities such as 'App Store', 'Hyper-V' and 'XAML' groups.
The move has been generally well received in the comments section of the blog, with several Microsoft enthusiasts giving it the thumbs up.
Niall wrote: "Yay, confirmation of an app store, will be nice for bringing everything together in 1 place."
Another, Sylvan, argued that Microsoft should give developers and consumers a way of communicating directly with one another to improve the apps.
"In fact it's one feature i think could make Windows App Store different and much better than the other app stores," he said.
Sinofsky's revelation is the first explicit reference to a Microsoft application store, although the rumours have been circulating for months.
The Building Windows 8 video released at the beginning of June, for example, shows the start-up screen for the new operating system populated with a number of tiles, one of which is labeled 'Store'.
With 35 teams each formed of anything from 25 to 40 developers, it is clear that Microsoft is investing huge resources into the project and, on first appearance, it seems to be paying off.
Our initial impression of the operating system is that it could prove a serious challenger to Apple in the tablet space.
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