An App Store is officially among the features Microsoft is working to include in Windows 8, much like Apple's App Store for OS X.
The revelation, which confirmed months of rumours, came today from Microsoft president Steven Sinofsky in a Building Windows 8 blog titled "Introducing the team". Among a list of teams associated with building the forthcoming operating system was "App Store".
Sinofsky said that work on the new OS is organised by feature teams, of which there are about 35, each containing 25 to 40 developers.
"Many of the teams listed below describe features or areas that you are familiar with or that you can probably figure out based on the name," he said. "As we post more, team members will identify themselves as part of these teams."
Microsoft representatives did not immediately respond to a request for further comment.
Rumours and reports about an upcoming Windows app store have been around for more than a year. Based on a series of Windows 8 documents leaked June 2010, Microsoft has reportedly been eager to match Apple at its own game by offering its own dedicated app store.
The App Store appeared in demonstration of Windows 8 that Sinofsky gave at the All Things Digital D9 conference in late June. Included in the start-up menu tiles was a direct link to a Microsoft Store, which suggests Microsoft was working on its own version of an online application store, similar to the Mac App Store.
The company has also been working hard to keep Apple from winning a US trademark for the phrase App Store. The company argues the phrase is too generic to register and would restrict competitors' ability to use the term to describe their own services.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said in May that the new OS would reach consumers in 2012, although the company later said Ballmer misspoke. In June, vice president Dan'l Lewin hinted that Windows 8 would launch during next year.
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Via CNET News.com