Educational Technology

April 26, 2011

PC Downloads as Easy as an App

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:30 am

by Katherine Boehret, the Wall Street Journal

Installing software on a personal computer can be a time-consuming and tedious process that’s nowhere near as fast and effortless as downloading an app for a smartphone. Now there’s a better way: Get an app for your PC. Apps have been popular on mobile devices for years, but now Apple and Google are making a range of their most popular apps available for download on computers. WSJ’s Katherine Boehret has the lowdown. After successfully proving the popularity of app stores on mobile devices, Apple and Google have brought them to the personal computer. In January, Apple unveiled a version of its app marketplace to computers: the Mac App Store. In December, Google gave PC and Mac users a way to download apps on their computers using the Chrome Web Store, accessible via Google’s Chrome Web browser. Each of these marketplaces includes a different set of apps than those available for mobile; Apple’s offers about 3,400 apps and Google’s, about 3,700.

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