You can get to the new AppWave Store in two ways:
http://www.appwavestore.com or http://www.windowsapps.com.
There's more information about the store and some background in these two press releases.
- AppWave Store Transforms the Windows PC Experience with "Smart App Streaming"
- Survey Shows Over 72% of Workers Find Their Productivity Affected by Having to Search For, Install and Upgrade PC Software
Why do I like the AppWave store?
Well for some people, I'm sure the reason is that it makes it easy to download and play Angry Birds in Space. But I really like it for some other reasons.
1) Installing apps on my computer is as easy as installing apps on my iPad my Android phone
I really like the install experience for applications that I get through the AppWave store. Instead of having to go through a multi-step download process and clicking through five screens in an install wizard, I just click the icon in the AppWave store and the app gets installed on my computer. Of course the first time you also have to install the free AppWave Broswer, but that's just a one time thing.
2) It keeps my computer clean
I always have issues with my computers over time as I install and uninstall a lot of software. When I bought my netbook computer last year, I decided that I was only going to have a web browser on it and very minimal other software that I absolutely needed. It's always a struggle to keep myself from installing different software that I come across because I have my rule to keep that computer clean. With AppWave, I don't have to worry. The apps I choose to install are all managed by AppWave and don't add files all over my computer and registry. I feel confident that installing additional apps via the AppWave Store won't affect the performance of my computer.
3) It's convenient
The other day when I was trying to map the new RAD Studio $99 Promo SKUs in Code Central for registered user downloads, I was having a problem with a web dialog not appearing correctly in Google Chrome. I tried again with Internet Explorer but the dialog still wasn't displaying correctly. At that point I thought maybe Firefox would work. I don't have Firefox on my computer and I could have searched for the download on the web and installed it but instead I just went to the AppWave Store, clicked the Firefox icon, and in maybe one or two minutes it was completely installed an running. I really like how easy and convenient it is to find and install via AppWave.
Check out the AppWave Store and let me know if you agree.