A Single App Store coming for Microsoft?

By Kip Kniskern | In News | Posted September 26, 2013 12 comments

According to The Verge, Executive Vice President Terry Myerson told attendees of Microsoft’s annual Company Meeting today that Microsoft is planning to combine its Windows Phone Store and Windows Store into a single app store. The move is expected to come as early as early next year, when Microsoft releases Windows Phone 8.1 (or “Blue”), and a special update to Windows 8.1.

Myerson had hinted last week at such a convergence at the Financial Analysts Meeting, and a move to consolidate the stores wouldn’t be surprising. What’s still unclear is if current Windows Phone apps would be available to run on Windows 8.1 devices, similar to how iPhone apps can run on iPads.

Microsoft is holding its Company Meeting today at Seattle Center’s Key Arena, with some 13,000 Microsoft employees in attendance at what in all likelihood will be outgoing CEO Steve Ballmer’s last. GeekWire has more on the logistics of the meeting, which is also webcast to employees unable to attend.

Posted September 26th, 2013 at 12:13 pm
  • Windows Phone Bruker

    I do hope this will mean no more repurchasing apps available to both platforms. I have already paid for Rayman Jungle Run, Ilomoli and Asphalt Heat 7 on both Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8.

    • Simon Johnny

      To be honest, they should have already made this transparent to the user already.

      Microsoft owns both sides of Windows 8 and Windows Phone market places. They we login with a common shared account, our xbox gamer tags already list the games achievements twice same titles etc. Why could they have not just added the purchase to both markets so it worked across the board?

      I’m the same, I’ve already paid for the same game multiple times on the Microsoft store front. Their eco system is bad, it’s the only one out there right now that is not only more expensive then everything else, but also you have to pay for items again for each platform you want to use it on. It’s crazy.
      Even steam lets me play my games on Linux, Mac or Windows with a single purchase. Yet I can’t do that on Windows 8 and my Windows Phone 8 devices…and this is after year after year we get told as developers that our code will magically work across the systems, yet they can’t even get a ecosystem working across the same accounts.

      Not impressed, to the point I’ve stopped buying into their ecosystem.

  • Windows Phone Bruker

    I do hope this will mean no more repurchasing apps available to both platforms. I have already paid for Rayman Jungle Run, Ilomoli and Asphalt Heat 7 on both Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8.

    • Simon Johnny

      To be honest, they should have already made this transparent to the user already.

      Microsoft owns both sides of Windows 8 and Windows Phone market places. They we login with a common shared account, our xbox gamer tags already list the games achievements twice same titles etc. Why could they have not just added the purchase to both markets so it worked across the board?

      I’m the same, I’ve already paid for the same game multiple times on the Microsoft store front. Their eco system is bad, it’s the only one out there right now that is not only more expensive then everything else, but also you have to pay for items again for each platform you want to use it on. It’s crazy.
      Even steam lets me play my games on Linux, Mac or Windows with a single purchase. Yet I can’t do that on Windows 8 and my Windows Phone 8 devices…and this is after year after year we get told as developers that our code will magically work across the systems, yet they can’t even get a ecosystem working across the same accounts.

      Not impressed, to the point I’ve stopped buying into their ecosystem.

  • James

    I had a feeling this would happen eventually… but glad it’s coming sooner than later. Can’t wait for Windows 8.1 / Windows Phone 8.1 / Xbox One all sharing the same Store (since they all share the same kernel now)… yeeee!

    • Simon Johnny

      We’ve heard it all before from Microsoft though. If they deliver, it’s only going to make them on par with the rest of the mobile market place. Unfortunately, from Microsoft’s past we can be pretty much sure that all existing apps and games won’t transfer and for developers who want to take advantage of it, they’ll put enough road blocks and issues that it’ll simply not be cost effective or productive for them to do so.

      Like, why are even charging developer licenses for both windows 8 apps and windows phone apps in the first place.

  • James

    I had a feeling this would happen eventually… but glad it’s coming sooner than later. Can’t wait for Windows 8.1 / Windows Phone 8.1 / Xbox One all sharing the same Store (since they all share the same kernel now)… yeeee!

    • Simon Johnny

      We’ve heard it all before from Microsoft though. If they deliver, it’s only going to make them on par with the rest of the mobile market place. Unfortunately, from Microsoft’s past we can be pretty much sure that all existing apps and games won’t transfer and for developers who want to take advantage of it, they’ll put enough road blocks and issues that it’ll simply not be cost effective or productive for them to do so.

      Like, why are even charging developer licenses for both windows 8 apps and windows phone apps in the first place.

  • chinch987

    needs to happen by spring. that would be 18-months late still though.
    Waiting to hear how brilliant Sinofsky was and how his leadership of Win8 was so great keeping the schedule, etc.

  • chinch987

    needs to happen by spring. that would be 18-months late still though.
    Waiting to hear how brilliant Sinofsky was and how his leadership of Win8 was so great keeping the schedule, etc.

  • david90531

    This would be amazing, and I hope they transfer the purchases right away.. unified WP and Win8 store would do lots of things

  • david90531

    This would be amazing, and I hope they transfer the purchases right away.. unified WP and Win8 store would do lots of things