Before today, finding good apps for a Mac (or Windows for that matter) has been incredibly hard. Up until last year’s announcement at Apple’s October Mac event, there wasn’t even any word from Microsoft or Apple regarding releasing an app store for their OSes to make getting new apps on your Windows or Mac PC as easy as it is for your iPhone, Windows Phone 7, BlackBerry or Android phone. That all’s changed now, with Apple’s launch of their Mac App Store for all Macs running Mac OS X Snow Leopard. The App Store is pretty much everything you’d expect Apple to put in an App Store. It looks pretty much the exact same as the iPhone and iPad App Stores, offering an easy way to search, download and update apps using the same Apple ID you use in iTunes.
We’ve been playing with it for a little bit and we’re really liking it. As we said above, finding good apps for your computer has long been a very annoying and frustrating experience. The Mac App Store makes this process a lot easier (for both free and paid apps), with tabs along the top to let you see apps you’ve already purchased as well as updates for those apps. This means you don’t have to go searching around online to find where to get those apps you’ve had if you get a new computer. Simple, but very clutch.
But the best part here has to be that this isn’t replacing the ability to go online and download apps (though Apple of course would like you to only use their store. There was some concern online that with this update, Apple would make it harder to download and install apps straight off the internet). Instead, this is just another great, easy way to make your Mac even better.
The Mac App Store is available now as a free update for all Mac OS X Snow Leopard users. To get the App Store, click on the Apple logo in the upper left of your Mac and then go to software update, click install, and then let your Mac install and restart. That’s it!
Info from Apple.