There were a some screenshots of Windows 8’s App Store circulating on the Internet. Unfortunately, most of them were fake. Now again the presence of app store in Windows 8 is being speculated but this time with strong evidence to back up. A Windows enthusiast on his blog mswin has revealed that a system file and a process in Windows 8 Build 7955 points to Microsoft’s app store which may be christened as “Windows Store”.
The Windows Store logo is also hiding within the Windows 8 files, though it’s just a 24 by 24 pixel .PNG. Above I’ve blown it up using Photoshop to the best of my abilities. It’s fairly consistent with Microsoft’s other logos, with its multiple stacked squares and rounded corners. Two .HTML pages are also nestled away amongst the files, and based on the font used on the error page it’s safe to assume that the Metro design language will once again be front and center in the Windows Store.
The Windows 8 registry is also littered with references to the Windows Store, but no actual executables have been found just yet — and even if they were, Microsoft probably has the Windows Store’s cloud-powered back end completely locked down at this early stage. In fact, the AppxManifest.XML file spells that much out, saying “We need DomainCredentials until we unveil the store.”