Enterprise Applications: Mac App Store Opens for Business

By P. J. Connolly  |  Posted 2011-01-07 Print this article Print
Mac App Store Opens for Business

Mac App Store Opens for Business

by P. J. Connolly
The Mac App Store debuted on Jan. 6, providing a new way for developers who focus on Mac OS X applications to sell their wares online, in exchange for Apple taking a 30 percent cut of the proceeds. In creating this outlet, which builds on the success of the iTunes App Store, Apple is offering people an alternative way to buy applications that taps into many people's need for instant gratification. But the Mac App Store as it exists is going to run into the same problem that we've found with the iTunes App Store; as the number of available applications grows, the store becomes increasingly difficult to browse, and is exponentially less useful with every month that passes. The absence of any side-by-side comparisons and the lack of breakdowns within a category mean that customers will waste time trying to find what they want. Although Apple will undoubtedly call the Mac App Store a success, it's disappointing to see that the company hasn't learned from its earlier efforts.
P. J. Connolly began writing for IT publications in 1997 and has a lengthy track record in both news and reviews. Since then, he's built two test labs from scratch and earned a reputation as the nicest skeptic you'll ever meet. Before taking up journalism, P. J. was an IT manager and consultant in San Francisco with a knack for networking the Apple Macintosh, and his love for technology is exceeded only by his contempt for the flavor of the month. Speaking of which, you can follow P. J. on Twitter at pjc415, or drop him an email at pjc@eweek.com.

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