Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 7th Dec 2011 22:24 UTC
Windows Yesterday, Microsoft finally unveiled all the details regarding its Windows Store, which will be the default way to distribute Metro applications on Windows 8. Most of the details are all pretty standard and mirror those of other stores, but there's one interesting twist that is sure to make a lot of you happy: Microsoft has made special exceptions for open source software.
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Free vs adware/trialware
by WorknMan on Wed 7th Dec 2011 23:48 UTC
WorknMan
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2005-11-13

On Android (and I assume iOS), there are a lot of apps that are labeled 'free', and so you download them, only to discover that they are infested with adware, or 'trialware', such as games that allow you to play one or two levels for free, but then start demanding in-app purchases to continue.

Does MS differentiate between these types of apps in their WP7/Windows 8 app stores? Honestly, I don't mind paying for apps, but as far as I'm concerned, adware is unacceptable under ANY circumstances. All I want is to know if an app is labeled free, that it's really free.

Edited 2011-12-07 23:49 UTC

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RE: Free vs adware/trialware
by Spiron on Thu 8th Dec 2011 11:03 in reply to "Free vs adware/trialware"
Spiron Member since:
2011-03-08

there might be an aditional label to point to foss software, but we shall have to see what the beta brings

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RE: Free vs adware/trialware
by bert64 on Thu 8th Dec 2011 11:56 in reply to "Free vs adware/trialware"
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2007-04-23

Yes, plenty of distributors misuse the word "Free"...
Applications should be more accurately described, as "Ad supported" or "Demo version / Shareware"...

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RE: Free vs adware/trialware
by Morgan on Sat 10th Dec 2011 11:18 in reply to "Free vs adware/trialware"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

From what I've seen in the few weeks that I've owned a WP7 phone, nearly all "free" apps beyond the big guys like Evernote, Twitter, Facebook etc are ad-supported or to a lesser extent, demo quality. However, with the full version paid apps you can try them out before committing to purchase. I think that's a very nice alternative to the Android and iOS way of doing things, where (if there's no "lite" version) you must buy the app and if it sucks, you have to petition to get your money back.

As such, I've only seen a relative few apps with separate demo or trial versions. Microsoft's "try before you buy" model for paid apps makes that redundant and unnecessary. It appears the few app makers who do have such redundant versions are just porting from their already established Android or iOS offerings, where two versions of the same app are the accepted norm.

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