Ah, good. I'll take this to mean that they couldn't get it working in time for Beta 1 but it will be included in Win8. The Software Center in Ubuntu is probably my favorite feature.
Was there ever any word on what that "Get New Programs" link did?
I'm not sure I like it as was designed, but I think Windows needs to allow you to organize the All Programs list by metadata instead of shortcut folders. I'm kind of sick of the fact that some companies (Adobe, Microsoft used to do it with Office) dump all
of their shortcuts in the root folder and it creates a mess.
The shortcuts should be able to be assigned some metadata for Product Name (Microsoft Word, Adobe Photoshop), Package Name (Microsoft Office, Adobe CS5), etc..