Apple announced the new Mac App Store. But what does that really mean? I think it means a lot actually. In fact, I thing it changes everything we know about software and how it is used, distributed, made, and shared. In fact, I think this creates a whole new era of developers and user interaction with “instant access” software.
What Apple has done was raise the bar on the entire model of software distribution. Think about an app. It’s there when you want it. It’s easy to download and use right away. It’s easy to get it updated and it really begins an era of software innovation the likes of which we have yet to see. Fast forward to a year from now and I imagine the majority of Mac users will be getting all their software this way.
I advocated for this a long time ago and I’m glad to see it’s coming to fruition. This means you can spend less on software while enjoying the ability for all these apps to share information and be used amongst mobile devices.
And this is where the future of software applications are headed. Economies of scale. You can now make an app that is distributed worldwide, have it shared among all your devices, and have it priced at a much better pricing point than full blown software and bring it to market that much faster.
But here is what this all really boils down to and it’s something Steve Jobs said already. Integrated vs. Fragmented. The new Mac app store represents the new era of integrated software. The ability to share it between all your Apple devices is truly the beginning of a very integrated system. It makes sense too. Think about iWork. You have to install it in multiple places on all your devices and there is really no convenient way to share all the stuff you make. But now, that all changes.
One App + Multiple Devices = Integrated Software = Better overall experience.
Time will tell how this all plays out but I am going to guess right now that we will be pretty pleased with this ability to use apps in this manner. And if I were a developer I would be equally as excited about this. It also gives developers more of a chance to increase their own revenue for all the hard work they do.
I am looking forward to this new era of Integrated software. What about you?