A blog post from a Microsoft employee that was later deleted this week seems to confirm that the Windows Store in Windows 10 will include many more features, including direct purchase and download access to traditional desktop applications (x86/x64) and more types of content besides just Modern apps.
The blog post was written by Oliver Niehus, who works on the Windows team as a principal application development manager. His blog post went live on Wednesday but was removed on Thursday. It's possible Niehus jumped the gun and revealed details about future Windows 10 features before Microsoft was ready to talk about them officially. However, a cached version of the post is available to read via Google.
In his post, Niehus wrote:
While the Windows Store in Windows 8 and 8.1 can list traditional desktop apps like Photoshop (as opposed to Photoshop Express), the storefront does not offer a way to directly purchase and download those apps from the storefront. Instead, clicking on them takes the user to a third party website for download. As far as "other types of digital content", it's more than possible that the Windows Store in Windows 10 could offer direct download links to movies, TV shows, music and books, but that is sheer speculation at this point.
Niehus also stated that there will be other ways to pay for apps in the Windows Store. Specifically, he wrote:
It's important to point out that these features are not in the current Windows 10 Technical Preview but will likely be added in future preview builds before the final version is release sometime in 2015. What do you think of Microsoft's plans to expand the Windows Store?
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