Windows 8 app store will allow seven day trials for paid apps

Wouldn't it be great if you could try an app out before buying it? And wouldn't it even generous if had a week to decide whether the app fits into your computing lifestyle? Well, if you're running Windows 8, Microsoft will let you do just that.

Apple might have jumpstarted this whole app store business, but its rivals are coming in fast with features that users are demanding. According to MSDN, Windows 8 will allow users to test drive full version of apps in its Windows Store for a week.

If users like the app enough after the trial period, they can then purchase it and it'll even retain all in-app settings they've made during the trial, which is a really nifty feature.

Microsoft says that its including trials in Windows 8 because its seen from Windows Phone that trials have brought "up to 5 times the revenue of apps without trials."

OK, just make sure the apps selection is broad and plenty and it should translate to sales quite nicely.

Windows 8 will launch on October 26. Early adopters will have until January 31, 2013 to take advantage of Microsoft's special upgrade promotion from Windows XP, Vista and 7: digital ($40) or DVD ($70).

What do you think? Isn't Windows 8 shaping up nicely?

MSDN, via TechReport

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