Intel’s New Netbook App Store
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Considering netbooks’ swift growth, it seems logical to take advantage of the opportunity to delve into the world of netbook applications. There are endless possibilities for netbook applications thanks to the versatility and features of the netbook, possibilities that trump those of the iPod or iPhone.
Intel, along with a handful of netbook manufacturers, plans to launch a new netbook app site sometime next year. A specific release date is yet to be announced but it is known that developers are feverishly working on a multitude of applications. The program should be available soon after the New Year, just in time for those netbooks that many will be happily receiving this holiday season. Those unfortunate souls who will be purchasing netbooks later on next year likely won’t even have to worry about downloading the program since Intel plans to join forces with a couple of PC manufacturers to pre-install the app service. Future owners will be able to purchase applications with their fresh out of the box netbook computers.
The future popularity of netbook apps is nearly a given. Intel already reports that its software developer network has already reached heights of 70,000 to 1,000,000 users per month. The good news is that the application program isn’t specific to one operating system. Intel doesn’t plan to make the program compatible solely for the Atom CPU, hoping to tackle multiple platforms in the near future.
If the success of Apple’s iPhone and iPod applications are any kind of indicator for Intel’s netbook application site then Intel and its OEM partners should already be doing a victory dance.