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Windows 8 app store revealed in leaked screenshots, ready for beta testing? (Update: fake)

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Over the last few months, Chinese site cnBeta's been busy dishing out alleged screenshots of Windows 8 at its infancy, though few have caught our attention until this new batch came along. Assuming this isn't the work of some cruel joke, it appears that Microsoft's next flagship OS will be shipped with its very own built-in app store, which is simply dubbed Windows App Store at this stage (and now we see why Redmond keeps fighting the good fight over the "App Store" trademark). As with previous Windows milestone builds, the final appearance may differ slightly, but word has it that this new store's passed its internal tests and will soon go beta. While it's too early to tell, here's hoping that this feature will open the floodgate to a whole bunch of cheaper Windows software.

[Thanks, Stephen]

Update: Turns out the above screenshot had already appeared on waybeta last month, and the actual news here is that now we seem to have a Chinese version of the app store, possibly by way of a language pack.

Update 2: Mystery solved. Turns out these are none other than manipulated screenshots of an existing Chinese app store program.

Via: Macgasm, ZDNet
Source: cnBeta
Coverage: Ars Technica
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