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Windows 8 App Store Designed to be Simple and Fast

In another blog post dated January 20, Microsoft’s Jonathan Wang, program manager, Store client team, shared a few more details about the coming Windows 8 app store. To be more precise, he talks about the following parts of the Store anatomy: the landing page, editorial topic pages, data-generated lists, app listing pages, and the search, browse, install, and update experiences.

He also discuss the relationship between those UI surfaces and how they applied the Windows Metro style design language to achieve efficient app discovery.

Windows 8 App Store user experience detailed

Windows Store landing page
[W]e designed a landing page that integrates our featured content, data-driven lists, and category listings into one cohesive and engaging browsing experience, informs Wang.

“Navigation is simple and consistent with Windows 8 Metro style UI, so it’ll be familiar and easy for Windows 8 users to find their way through the Store. Store categories are presented across the top of the screen, with compelling apps featured in each category. To browse, you simply pan to the right or left–with a flick of the finger it’s incredibly easy to see new and interesting apps across all categories and the overall breadth of the Store. If you’re interested, you can also drill down to the apps in a specific category with a single tap on a category name.”

Windows 8 App Store Navigation

You will also able to use the pinch gesture to zoom out and see the breadth of the categories, and then tap to jump to a particular category. This same gesture works from the Start screen as well and called “semantic zoom.”

Searching and browsing the Store
Windows Store’s “Search contract,” lets you search within whatever app you’re using by tapping the Search charm, type in your search term, and select the Store to see search results for your query.

“Once you begin typing, text suggestions will immediately appear in the search pane. If one of the text suggestions is an app, it’ll appear as a “Recommended” result, and tapping on it takes you directly to the app listing page.” Even in the search recommendation, the app’s brand icon provides instant recognition.

From Search results page, you can browse through the results, initially sorted by relevance. You can also sort them by different attributes such as price, highest average user rating, and release date.

App listing pages, is where customers can learn everything about the app. The app listing page uses the visual elements from the app package to apply the app’s brand color and logo. And, will also show you the age rating and a list of app permissions needed, such as access to a location sensor or your documents library. Desktop apps that pass our Desktop App Certification can also have app listing pages.

Installing apps on Windows 8 — just sign in to the Windows Store, tap on the app listing page will install free and trial apps. For paid apps, you’ll asked for password to confirm your purchase. “When the installation is complete, a notification lets you know that the app is ready. Tapping that notification will launch the app, so you can start using it the second it’s ready. The new app tile always appears at the end of your Start screen, and from there, you can easily move it to wherever you like–so you stay in charge of how you organize apps on your Start screen.”

Updating apps – “Once a day, we’ll check if any of your installed apps have an update. The tile for the Store will then show the number of updates available for you. And, from the Updates page, just tapping a button will update all of your apps in the background when your computer is idle. Once the update process begins, you can go back to the previous page in the Store, to browse through.

Reacquiring apps
Windows 8 will letyou install and run all of your apps on up to a total of five PCs. “Whenever you install an app on a new device, that device gets added to the list of devices that are allowed to run the app. On the sixth device, you are prompted to remove one of your devices if you want to install apps on the current device,” Wang explained.

You will also be able to quickly filter by the apps that have been installed on a particular device. “If those apps have implemented roaming and you’ve a connected account (if you sign in to Windows 8 with a Windows Live ID), the settings and state from the individual apps will also be preserved across devices,” Wang informed.

The video below demonstrates the new Windows Store features:

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