Beamer wrote on Oct 15, 2012, 15:38: I'm surprised you don't prefer that. It guarantees that the Windows Store is a very specific walled garden appealing to a very specific consumer and not designed to strangle the market in the way that people keep fearing.
The advantage of allowing desktop apps in Microsoft's store is that having another digital distributor in the marketplace for desktop applications and games could create competition that would benefit consumers. The downside is that if Microsoft's store became dominant it could kill competition that would hurt consumers by raising prices and/or limiting what types of desktop applications and games are developed for Windows to those that meet Microsoft's restrictions for its store.
Microsoft's Games for Windows Live Store has been so weak in the marketplace as a place to buy desktop games that I doubt Microsoft's new Windows store would gain dominance if it offered desktop applications and games.