Yet another app store is ready to rock and roll today and it comes from one of the biggest players in the industry. Intel at IDF 2010 today announced to attending media that its Intel AppUp center netbook app store is out of beta and ready for consumers to use. Intel's app store has been talked about for a while now with careful anticipation around tech circles. But is it going to be a success?
Netbooks have been craving something to make them stand out from being purely just a small and cheaper notebook computer. AppUp should go a long way to helping things. I would hazard to guess that Intel's first aims and ambitions with its app store were to help bolster and cement the netbooks legitimate place in the market. However, take a look at the massive success Apple has seen with its app sales on its iDevices and clearly other incentives come into it, ah like... money. Google of course is also pushing apps on its also popular Android platform.
Intel has written up a deal with Best Buy in the United States (and Dixons in the UK and Croma in India) to pre-install its AppUp software on netbooks sold at its store which should get it off the ground running. Of course as of today you can also download AppUp for Windows XP as well as Windows 7 and Moblin. I was under the impression that it would only work on systems with an Intel Atom processor, but I tried it on my Windows 7 system with an Intel Core i7 processor and it is working just fine, as you can see from the screenshot above.
As of today you can also download Adobe AIR applications and apps from companies including Accuweather, Barnes & Noble, Funkitron, Gibson Guitars, iWin, Kaplan, KONAMI and Lifetime.