The Mac App Store, the brand new online store of applications for Mac OS X, has just been made available a few minutes ago.
Building on the success of the App Store, Apple decided to port this Mac OS X winning system. The availability of the Mac App Store also marks the end of the “Download” section on the Apple website (http://www.apple.com/download). Only widgets for the Dashboard, extensions for Safari and some free software designed by Apple can still be downloaded directly from the Apple website.
The Mac App Store is offered directly via an update to Mac OS X 10.6.6 (151.2Mb). This online store will manage your apps just like the App Store. Applications will be automatically signed during purchase and kept up to date automatically. If you have several Macs available, you can install the purchased applications several times as long as you authorize access to your Apple ID account (iTunes Store, App Store, Apple Store, Apple Care, Mac App Store).
Thanks to Mac OS X 10.6.6 and the Mac App Store, if you receive a file that you cannot open with your existing software, Apple's system will offer you software that will allow you to open this file, directly on the Mac App Store.
1000 applications are available for the launch of the online store and the applications you have already purchased are recognized by the Mac App Store.
Apple’s available apps include the iLife 11 suite and iWork, each of which you can purchase separately depending on your needs. The prices for the launch are aggressive to say the least since it is possible to buy Aperture 3 for only 62.99 instead of 199.
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