Purchasing Apps from Windows Store

Discussion in 'Windows 8' started by Ramkumar, Nov 27, 2013.

  1. Ramkumar

    Ramkumar MDL Novice

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    Hi

    I have Windows 8.1 pro with WMC(Upgraded from Windows 8 pro KMS+WMC activated)
    Just wondering is it safe to purchase paid apps from Store with Debit/Credit card?


    Thanks!!!
     
  2. eydee

    eydee Guest

    Probably safe, but stupid. Programs can do anything those phone "apps" can, and usually for free.
     
  3. Ramkumar

    Ramkumar MDL Novice

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    What programs are you talking about?
     
  4. BigW

    BigW MDL Member

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    Well if you want to be (almost) sure that your stupid apps are maleware free and don't access your location, camera, microphone, ... without your consent then you are better off with WindowsStore apps. The apps wihich are accepted by MS are thouroughly tested against such things and run in a kind of Sandbox which doesn't allow them to wonder of to other regions of your PC.

    If you compare this to Android, installing apps on Aondroid is for me a very scary nightmare. Ther virtualy no existing effective maleware-controll on Google Play or alike. An Android app can easily without any real baricates overtake your whole device as it pleases. Thats the real freedom you have on an Android-Device.

    On the otherhand if you are able to spot malware and crucket application for the Desktop than you migth also be save on installing programms on the desktop.
     
  5. Ramkumar

    Ramkumar MDL Novice

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    Well Said BigW,I didn't understand when eydee accused Windows store apps.
     
  6. eydee

    eydee Guest

    Unless you're on a phone, your computer is a bit overpowered for them. They are designed for phones and tablets. Remember the programs on previous versions of windows, on linux, on max osx, bsd, unix ms-dos etc? They're the real deal, if you use a computer as they take advantage of it. Open 30 Firefox/Chrome windows with tabs, tile them on your full hd/eyefinity screen. Switch between them using aero flip... Now repeat this with "my little phony" IE11 "app". You're lucky if you can open more than one "window" at the same time...

    See?

    What would you buy? Image editor? (Do they exist on metro?) -> Gimp is free and can do better.
    Multimedia "app"? -> Winamp is free and can do better.
    Some office "app"? -> LibreOffice is free, M$ Office is, well, "free" as well...
    Some stupid consumer "app" (like Facebook)? -> Access it through Firefox/Chrome. You'll have more features and easier task switching.

    Realize that you're trying to convert your PC into a smart phone and even pay for it. For the second time, as you already payed for the hardware you're not going to use. But why?
     
  7. Ramkumar

    Ramkumar MDL Novice

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    #7 Ramkumar, Nov 28, 2013
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    Why cant you open more than 1 tab in IE11 while i can,IE 11 took 2% CPU usage and 50%RAM while chrome took 17% CPU usage 65%RAM for opening 10 tabs both the pages looked same whatsoever.If a browser can use memory efficiently then i don't care whatever technologies they are built with.
    [img link]s10.postimg.org/wo21tdd3d/Untitled.png
    (Listed below are free apps)
    Photo app tonnes of them->Aviary,Fotor,Photo funia,Photoshop express+ more
    Multimedia app->multimedia 8,media monkey,Default video app and VLC to come soon
    Office app->I will use Google docs in IE11 rather than those junk apps which takes lots of HDD space.
    Social apps->There is an official fb,twitter apps which loads lot faster and lot more elegant above all there is awesome flip-board app where you can mix all social contents.

    Above all those desktops apps don't need your permission once you install them they can do whatever they want they can start by themselves at start-up,Keep running in background,monitor your activities,get your location,send data from your PC,Install updates without your permission,download data to your PC and absolutely they have control over what you do.

    Modern apps are under your control,you can deny permissions if you want,so start using Modern apps,
     
  8. pun

    pun MDL Senior Member

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    Your point being?

    You find a free app that does your job, use it.
    No free app that does your job? Look for a free equivalent desktop program.
    Still no luck? Go for the paid one if you really need that functionality.

    And to answer your question, yes, purchasing through the store is safe. It goes without saying that M$ won't take the chance of leaving the banking data of any customers vulnerable (hint, legal fees can skyrocket.) so your credit/debit card data is safe and secure.
     
  9. Ramkumar

    Ramkumar MDL Novice

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    I still use few Desktop apps but like to find modern app replacement for Desktop apps since metro apps are under control,minimal,elegant,does the job,uses less resource.[Ex Desktop VLC took 20% CPU While Multimedia 8 took 2-3% CPU giving at-least 30 mins of more battery usage than VLC]
    I can't say Modern apps are superior, since i developed a modern app with Visual studio which is a desktop app.

    But i will always prefer to use Modern app over desktop apps and will recommend anyone to do the same.
    Regarding the apps i want to buy the ones like Asphalt,Halo,Rayman jungle run,Chimpact,Crazy machines i don't think there is desktop replacements for these.