Windows 8 Store Policies: Video Streaming Capped, Support For ARM, Touch-UI

Microsoft will have a lot of store policies to make Windows 8 apps more user-friendly. Among them is a policy that video streaming will be capped and apps need to support ARM CPU’s.

Microsoft Is Building A Consumer Friendly App Store

Microsoft’s Store Policy Aims To Benefit Consumers First

If you wanted proof that Microsoft is going all out to make their Windows Store a success, here it is. There has been a lot of debate about what makes a successful store. How much policing is required; what kind of apps make for a great store; which developers are running the show — so on and so forth. But the undeniable fact is that consumers are the ones who make or break a consumer-oriented platform. If the audience you are catering to loves you, you should have no problems attracting contributors to your platform.

Microsoft seems to have taken this lesson to heart and has created app store policies that are meant to benefit the buyers with a lot of flexibility and guarantee great user experience. As we have already mentioned in previous reports, Microsoft has been paying attention to the small things and it really shows here as well.

The company is making it mandatory for app developers to implement touch exactly the way it has been implemented throughout the OS in general. It is not that the company thinks it knows best, it is mainly because doing so will help to maintain a complete parity in the user experience across the OS including its third party apps. Also, Microsoft has put in a lot of research into touch interfaces and how people use it. So they do know a thing or two about it.

The makers of Windows have also made it mandatory for developers to support all possible CPU architectures as well. So if you are writing an app for Windows 8 — you will have to write it for both x86 (AMD and Intel) and ARM. Or at least that’s what it looks like at this point.

Video streaming will be capped at 256Kb/s and audio at 64Kb/s — just so that an app does not accidentally max out your data cap. If the app needs more, it will ask you to explicitly grant the permission. But the best is the license policy. Buyers will be allowed to install the app on up to 5 different machines — meaning their tablet, desktop and phone with two to spare. So overall, it looks like we can look forward to a good shopping experience come next year.

Published: Saturday, December 10th, 2011 Last Modified: December 10, 2011

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