The Windows Store will launch in Windows 8 sometime next year.
It will include free and paid apps, as well as apps corporations wish to push out internally.
The Store won't contain legacy apps from Windows 7 and earlier operating systems.
While the Windows Store will be late to the App Store game, Microsoft isn't as much of a beginner as you'd think when it comes to digital marketplaces.
The company has been hugely successful selling digital content through the Xbox 360 marketplace. There's also the more recent Windows Phone marketplace.
Apple takes a 30% cut of sales from both mobile and desktop apps. There's no word yet on what kind of cut Microsoft will take from apps sold within the new Windows Store.
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