theyarecomingforyou wrote on Nov 13, 2012, 17:02: As for desktop apps, they ARE actually allowed on the store.
I don't believe thats the case for anyone except Microsoft. According to the store guidelines you can only have a desktop app in the form of a website link and you still need to pass the Windows App cert. For example I see some stuff up there like O&O Defrag but the only way to obtain it is by following the store entry to the dev website. They won't distro any desktop apps which means casual users are going to be a lot less likely to follow through (probably part of the idea). I mentioned this a MS guy at our office once and he said that it was due to device restrictions but it would be trivial for them to detect and display specific apps/info based on the viewing device. They even do it already with 32 and 64 bit links on the store ironically.
I understand their reluctance to accidentally distribute malware or something but they run that risk regardless (happened to both Android and iOS even).