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    Microsoft weeds the Windows Store before Windows 10 launch

    Working on "Eliminating app clutter," to provide a more positive customer experience.
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    Re: Microsoft weeds the Windows Store before Windows 10 launch

    Is there anything left on there now?
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    Re: Microsoft weeds the Windows Store before Windows 10 launch

    Quote Originally Posted by shaithis View Post
    Is there anything left on there now?
    I know what you mean. Found I have ~£2 worth of microsoft credit converted from some old xbox credits I had. Couldn't find a single thing to buy... (Reasonable number of decent free app/games but very few games in that price range). Don't think I was picky either. Still I think they are taking the right approach.
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    Re: Microsoft weeds the Windows Store before Windows 10 launch

    Well, some of what MS are apparently doing I wholeheartedly approve of. For instance, pruning apps using misleading or irrelevant keywords just to boost search results. That, in my view, is a disgraceful and dishonest practice that does USERS a disservice, and wastes our time, just like it does when websites do it. It typifies the very worst aspects of advertising. If MS put a stop to that trend by oruning such apps, more power to them.

    Some other aspects, though, like pruning things that aren't original or creative, well, that's FAR trickier. First, it's very subjective, but second, it's wide open to interpretation. And potentially anti-competitive.

    For instance, how 'original' are competing antivirus apps, or weather apps, or <insert huge list here>.

    Many times, I've tried several similar apps, or applications, before settling on brand A over brand B, and sometimes for hard to define reasons, like I just like the way it works, because it suits me. An example would be I like the way the traditional Windows start button menus work. I do not, (and regulars may have observed this ) repeat NOT like the way Win8 MUI subverted and replaced that.

    So that sort of "pruning" is very subjective indeed.

    Of course, for me, it's largely academic because what I want from Windows is the traditional "desktop and full application" model, with me getting apps from wherever I want, not from an MS store anyway. Any Windows OS, now or future, that does not allow me to do that is of zero interest to me, and I won't be using it. And for any version of Windows that does allow me to source and install what I want, that's what I will be doing, not using the MS store. So what is or isn't in the store doesn't really interest me at all, other than theoretically.

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    Re: Microsoft weeds the Windows Store before Windows 10 launch

    I want a version of windows with no stupid "App" anything! I want to use my computer like a computer, not an overgrown, immobile mobile phone with a mouse and keyboard

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    Re: Microsoft weeds the Windows Store before Windows 10 launch

    Quote Originally Posted by ZaO View Post
    I want a version of windows with no stupid "App" anything! I want to use my computer like a computer, not an overgrown, immobile mobile phone with a mouse and keyboard
    Then don't install any apps? Problem solved.

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    Re: Microsoft weeds the Windows Store before Windows 10 launch

    Quote Originally Posted by GuidoLS View Post
    Then don't install any apps? Problem solved.
    I'll be doing just that. But, I want it gone completely

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    Re: Microsoft weeds the Windows Store before Windows 10 launch

    Quote Originally Posted by shaithis View Post
    Is there anything left on there now?
    That made me ROFL. Thanks.

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    Re: Microsoft weeds the Windows Store before Windows 10 launch

    Probably a better idea to get some stuff on there that people will buy. That game they paid $2.5 billion for, for starters.

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    Re: Microsoft weeds the Windows Store before Windows 10 launch

    Quote Originally Posted by ZaO View Post
    I'll be doing just that. But, I want it gone completely
    Delete the icon and never go to the store. ATM, there's no real way to actually delete the Store program, but if you remove easy access, then there's no real worry.

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    Re: Microsoft weeds the Windows Store before Windows 10 launch

    Quote Originally Posted by shaithis View Post
    Is there anything left on there now?
    There is, but nothing (to me) that is all that exciting. I'm disappointed that some of the Microsoft branded 'apps', such as their Jigsaw puzzle game, and their Solitaire Suite, which are advertised as FREE, are actually nagware. But must have? Not a thing.

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    Re: Microsoft weeds the Windows Store before Windows 10 launch

    MS store is a massive waste of my time so far. For starters there are far too many undisclosed flavours of FREE.
    Somebody seriously needs to re-think the app store experience from the consumer perspective. Various types of rip-off apps and/or adwares to choose from created by opportunistic devs and encouraged by MS has zero appeal.

    If MS ever introduce a filter to disgard the crappy monetisation apps and ad supported apps I can seriously consider the 10 or so OK apps that remain and stop wasting time hunting negative reviews for the truth.

    I hate it and can ignore it for ever. Linux mint seems OK.
    Gog is OK

    Everything else - not so good.
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