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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RE[2]: SideLoading
by WereCatf on Fri 9th Dec 2011 01:27 UTC in reply to "RE: SideLoading"
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this ONLY applies to Metro apps, normal desktop programs will most likely be able to be side-loaded

I personally think that Microsoft will only limit or disable side-loading of Metro applications on mobile platforms, for business reasons obviously. But on the desktop it wouldn't make sense as there is no limit as to how large a Metro application can be and thus sometimes it would make more sense to distribute the application on physical media or download at another location and install from removable storage than to always have to download everything on the same computer you're going to be using it on. In the future more and more applications will be going Metro, including the large, professional ones, so Microsoft would only be shooting themselves in the foot by denying those from being distributed and installed the traditional way.

Now, I've seen some people claiming that Microsoft will eventually also disable the traditional ways for software packages to be distributed and install for the traditional non-Metro desktop.. well, that's not going to happen. To those people: if they did that they'd lose Steam, Origin, millions of brick'n'mortar game stores and so on as customers AND they'd have to actually start hosting all that stuff themselves.

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