Windows 8

As a big fan of Apple’s Mac App Store under OS X Lion, I’m very interested to see what Microsoft’s upcoming Windows Store is going to be like for Windows 8 users. The company is currently readying the software for a “Consumer Preview,” according to a report from The Verge, which reveals a list of games that will be available for testers.

That list will include popular titles like Angry Birds, Reckless Racing, and Rocket Riot — games which I’m sure most smartphone users will be familiar with. The complete selection will reportedly include:

  • Hydro Thunder
  • Toy Soldiers
  • Reckless Racing
  • Angry Birds
  • Ilomilo
  • Rocket Riot
  • Full House Poker
  • Tentacles
  • Crash Course
  • Ms Splosion Man
  • Wordament

I certainly think that’s going to be enough to tide you over for a while. And let’s face it, more than half of you are likely to download Angry Birds and play nothing else. Ever.

As you’d expect from a Windows operating system, Pinball and Solitaire will be pre-installed in Windows 8, while the titles above will be optional downloads through the store. There’s no word on pricing for each release just yet, but we’re expecting most titles to retain the same price tags they carry on other platforms. For example, on the Mac App Store, you can pick up Angry Birds for $4.99, and Reckless Racing for $3.99.

The Windows Store will allow developers to submit both free and paid software, with charges between $1.49 and $999 per download. Microsoft will initially take 30% of their revenue, according to The Verge, which is the same percentage Apple takes from Mac and iOS developers. However, Microsoft is willing to reduce that to just 20% once an app reaches $25,000 in sales. That’s certainly not a bad offer.

The Windows Store preview is expected to launch later this month, alongside the Windows 8 Consumer Preview.

What do you think of the Windows Store’s first offerings?

[via The Verge]