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The App Store comes to the Mac

The revolutionary App Store comes to the Mac.

Following the incredible success of the App Store for iPhones, an App Store for the Mac seems like a natural progression. As a new Mac owner, I am extremely excited about how it will it provide a seamless way of browsing and installing applications to my machine.

The Mac App Store allows you to browse new apps, find out what’s hot, search categories such as games, productivity, and music as well as read customer ratings and reviews. Like on iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, you can purchase, download and install apps in just one click and start using them immediately.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5!

Apple is going to allow purchased applications on the now-standard five authorised machines. This is great news as I have a couple of machines already with tons of applications on there. But not only that, if I decide to buy another model at a later date, I can spread the apps across up to five machines!

The purchased apps can then run on all of the machines and updates are delivered directly through the Mac App Store, so it’s really easy to keep all of the apps up to date.

Easy to install

You can install the Mac App store in one step. Simply enter the iTunes password you use to buy apps on your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch and within seconds, your new apps appear in your dock. That’s it!

No more trials?

One of the Mac App Store guidelines states that the software must not be “beta”, “demo”, or “trial” software. This may be appear a tad concerning as one would normally use a trial version before making a purchase on their machine.

It’s fairly standard for desktop applications to offer a 14-to-30 day trial period. This allows the user time to become accustomed to the application before deciding to purchase. Without a trial period, purchasing software requires a bit of guess work. This isn’t so bad where most of the iOS applications are available at a low budget price, however, it is a bit of a concern when you start talking desktop applications that are typically quite a bit more expensive.

It’s a winner in my eyes

However, to the average user, they will know exactly where to go to find software that they need. They will find it simple to purchase and install it. Therefore, the simplicity and familiarity are where Apple have found a winner. It is an enjoyable process to purchase software and carry out the installation process.