OR, it could be that they're going to announce that WP7/8 apps will work on Win8 tablets which is going to make the number go up instantly.
Do we really care about whether there are 50'000 or 100'000 apps? It does sound promising though.
Somebody in the messaging department got confused. Those numbers weren't for Apps, they were for viruses. 100,000 viruses by January!
I really hate the term Apps to describe a collection of crappy programs; things like fart apps or flashlight apps or RSS readers or camera apps or check-in apps for your sitespaces site.
Speaking of viruses and other boogerware, has anyone picked up anything while running Windows 8? I'm mostly careful when clicking or not clicking things, but I have to imagine that some of you are not. So, who would like to step up to the plate and tell some horror story about the nasty bit of software you managed to install on your Windows 8 machine? Any takers? Dovella, I need you to click on something bad.
Windows Defender now has anti-virus built-in, so hopefully it will catch any nastiness before you install it. There's also the "improved" smartscreen filter, which still randomly decides to make me jump through ridiculous hoops to execute certain things just because they're not commonly downloaded.
It's especially fun since I run as a true limited user. Sometimes smartscreen demands "administrator approval" (not for elevation, it just requires me to enter my administrator password to run the application at all), and it uses a new type of metro-style screen overlay to ask for that, which doesn't support my fingerprint reader (everywhere else in Windows I can use it, including the UAC elevation dialog), so I have to enter my long and complicated admin password. This seems like a very curious oversight.
@Sven Groot: I believe that smartscreen can detect if the application is an installer that requires elevated permissions to install correctly-- for example, things that install to anywhere outside of %homepath%.
@JoshRoss: No, this is not for elevation. If the application needs to be elevated, I'll get a separate UAC dialog (on which I can use the fingerprint reader) after the SmartScreen "administrator permission" thing. Note that you'll probably never see that dialog if you're not running as a limited user.
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