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    JoshRoss

    Has anyone here purchased a Windows 8 Store App, and did owning or not owning a Windows Phone influence your purchase decision?

    -Josh

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    intelman

    I bought a couple of apps. I own an Android phone.

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    JoshRoss

    I can't bring myself to do it.

    It's completely possible that apps worth buying might exist. But, the store experience is so horrible that I don't even like browsing. I feel like I've walked into a sleazy motel off of some small highway in the middle of a desert. Looking around, I image that the front desk would have a black and white television sitting idle with a wire coat hanger jerry rigged to be an antenna. The clerk, while trying to act enthusiastic, would have a distinctive oily smell accompanied by the appropriate matching yellow pit stains and combover. A communal bowl of stale mints sits next to the empty toothpick dispenser on top of the marbled linoleum countertop with faux brass edging. The employee of the month plaque on the wall has two entries filled-out of twelve, but hasn't been updated since 1972. Many of the tiles in the floor are cracked or missing. 

    How did things get so bad?

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    magicalclick

    I bought Nightmare from the Deep. Metro apps doesn't seem to be useful, but, games are pretty awesome.

    Leaving WM on 5/2018 if no apps, no dedicated billboards where I drive, no Store name.
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    cheong

    I'll consider buying App only after my 7-day "testing" period is passed. (In other words, owning a winphone or not does influence my decision.)

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    Michael Butler

    I've bought several apps from the AppStore, mainly games but a few other apps including PushPod and UK Bus Checker. But there isn't really a lot of apps beyond the games that I've found the need for, or have been off by reviews or by how unprofessional they were.

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    intelman

    I will agree that the store experience is awfully horrid. It is products like this that make me think "why"?

    I think Windows 8 has a lot going for it, but the store experience is so odd. It doesn't feel right ,it doesn't feel easy to navigate, and it doesn't feel fun. If I were in charge of the store experience, it would not have ended up this way. It might not be perfect, but it just feels like the user experience wasn't a focus or consideration. And knowing Microsoft, it will be 6 months before it will even begin to change.

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    Ian2

    Well I bought my own App 'Live Tile News' just to check how the process worked ...  Does that count?

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    kettch

    I bought the Food Network app. There's a few free ones that I've gotten. There's a difference between "cool" apps and useful apps that I'd use every day. So far I'm still in the middle of writing the apps that I'd use every day. Tongue Out

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    warren

    I've bought an app on my Windows Phone but haven't bought a Windows 8 Store App yet.  Discoverability needs some work... 

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    cheong

    Talking about the store... I'll put some rant.

    I'm a user in Hong Kong. When the WP8 box is opened, it has default setting of Location = "United States" and Language = "Traditional Chinese". The store shows all Apps that's made for Traditional Chinese.

    And then I decided to change the language and regional option to the more correct Location = "HKSAR" and Language = "English (US)", and suddenly the store push me to select Apps with English titles. And the worse part... it no longer allow me to search for Apps in Chinese name again. (Searching some Apps that I know to exist returns something like "no matching result is found")

    IMO the store should guide people by Location setting instead of Language. Think about people who live in Canada who can be used to either English or French... there are multiple places on Earth that people used to multiple languages.

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    DeathBy​VisualStudio

    , JoshRoss wrote

    I can't bring myself to do it.

    It's completely possible that apps worth buying might exist. But, the store experience is so horrible that I don't even like browsing. I feel like I've walked into a sleazy motel off of some small highway in the middle of a desert. Looking around, I image that the front desk would have a black and white television sitting idle with a wire coat hanger jerry rigged to be an antenna. The clerk, while trying to act enthusiastic, would have a distinctive oily smell accompanied by the appropriate matching yellow pit stains and combover. A communal bowl of stale mints sits next to the empty toothpick dispenser on top of the marbled linoleum countertop with faux brass edging. The employee of the month plaque on the wall has two entries filled-out of twelve, but hasn't been updated since 1972. Many of the tiles in the floor are cracked or missing. 

    How did things get so bad?

    I wonder if part of it is because of Windows RT. If I recall Windows Store 8 Apps need to be dialed down a bit visually to run on Windows RT and have reasonable performance. The dummy down of Windows for its short-bus cousin Windows RT?

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    magicalclick

    Problem with metro app is, I really don't want to use them in full screen nor use the in split screen, games are fine.

     

    Leaving WM on 5/2018 if no apps, no dedicated billboards where I drive, no Store name.
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