Mac App Store getting iOS treatment, Office 365, BBedit, Lightroom CC and more

in macOS edited June 2018
As rumored, the Mac App Store is getting a whole new iOS-inspired redesign in macOS Mojave, complete with a renewed focus on app curation. With the new design, long-term holdouts Adobe and Microsoft are finally bringing their apps to the storefront.

New Mac App Store

The design feels immediately familiar to anyone who has used the iOS App Store on iPhone and iPad, with curated apps, a layout with bold graphics and stories from Apple's team of editors. It also sports support for Mojave's new Dark Mode.

Apple is launching a new app rating API, making it easy to give feedback right within Applications.

More importantly, developers who have long shunned the Mac App Store seem to be warming to the platform. Microsoft's Office 365, BBedit, Adobe Lightroom and Panic's Transmit are all coming to the newly updated app marketplace. This is big for Apple as developers had started to leave the Mac App Store after Apple seemingly neglected it over the last several years.

On iOS, the iOS 11 redesign is credited with a huge uptick in discoverability, which Apple clearly wants to replicate with the Mac App Store in Mojave.

macOS Mojave will be available this fall alongside iOS 12, watchOS 5, and tvOS 12.

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  • Reply 1 of 4
    nunzynunzy Posts: 662member
    Curation is an art. Apple has proven it as a path to profits.
  • Reply 2 of 4
    22july201322july2013 Posts: 804member
    How many "stores" are available on macOS aside from Apple's? I can think of two: Steam and Blizzard. Any more?
  • Reply 3 of 4
    claire1claire1 Posts: 510unconfirmed, member
    Finally the Mac App Store gets some lovin'.
  • Reply 4 of 4
    asciiascii Posts: 5,941member
    I actually quite like Microsoft software and would definitely buy Word and probably Outlook if they make an appearance on the Mac App Store.
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