Windows 8 Store allow for Open Source apps, compared with iOS and Apple Store
According to a latest WINDOWS STORE PRE-RELEASE APPLICATION DEVELOPER AGREEMENT, apps released under a license from the Open Source Initiative or the “FOSS” which means any software licensed under an Open Source Initiative Approved License, can be distributed in the Windows Store. Further, it says that if your app includes FOSS, it must not cause any non-FOSS Microsoft software to become subject to the terms of any FOSS license.
While the motives and purpose behind this decision to include open source apps are unsure, also take note that the Windows Store Pre-Release Application Developer Agreement is preliminary and subject to change. Microsoft is possibly making the effort to use the Windows Store to get both sides of paid apps developers and open source developers. Alternatively, maybe Microsoft wanted to tap and get the side of open source developers which distribute their code freely to others. While the Windows Store App Developer Agreement is not yet final, thumbs up for Microsoft to make Windows 8 Store allow for open source apps, compared with iOS and Apple Store who failed to do so.
Seems like Microsoft would like to accomplish platform unity across all of its devices. Because if you look at it, Windows desktops, laptops, mobile phones and tablets, all of that devices might be running same platform, which is Windows 8, and will be using a single store, which is the Windows Store. User experience will be unified, as all of the devices uses same platform. And it is also possible that even Xbox will use the same platform.
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If the platform unity between the Microsoft Windows devices happens, and plus the power of the open source community then, it’s highly possible that market share for Windows devices will go WAY UP.
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