Windows Store Previewed – Beta Due Early 2012 (Windows 8)December 7, 2011 No Comments
Microsoft held a private showing of the upcoming Windows 8 store which will be debuting February 2012 alongside the (private?) beta version of Windows 8. The store looks amazing and things like promoting your app through your website via the IE10 is just plain genius.
Below are ajust a few things that Microsoft went over yesterday and was kind enough to post online. To see more, you can visit their blog here.
Designed for discovery
Ensuring the visibility of apps and the efficiency and fluidity of app discovery became the fundamental building block of our Store design. We use minimal chrome so apps shine through, and complement the apps with a series of way-finding and promotion mechanisms—search, category browse, ranking lists, editorial curation — to help people find great apps.
We designed the landing page to push compelling apps to the surface. We use categories to help organize the apps—the latest, most popular, and fast rising apps all have dedicated lists surfaced here. You’ll see personalized app recommendations and also topic pages that promote apps related to editorial themes, helping surface what would otherwise be hidden gems.
Navigation is simple and consistent with the model of Windows 8. Built-in search supports directed discovery, fluid panning moves you through the categories, and category filters help locate the most relevant apps.