App Stores, Streaming, and the Cloud?Robert Virkus
11/24/2010 3:43 PM EST
It appears that the way we buy and use our applications is changing at an ever rapid pace. Apple's iPhone app store received all the attention when it started and other models are opening up. I would take a step back and posit that one of the first steps was Steam, the online gaming system developed by Valve.
With Steam you download purchased games that you can play individually on your PC or stream multi-player games online. Games can be played from any computer with a Steam client. You can also register games you purchased elsewhere for playing on their system.
With Apple about to launch their Macintosh app store what will be the rules and regulations for accessing the applications? One person on one computer or something more open?
Microsoft will have their app store for W7 phones. Will they extend that to desktop applications or are they more likely to stay with their subscription-based cloud?
Lots of changes, interesting times.