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Adobe's Move Hints At Mac App Store Domination

Adobe has announced two more applications for the Apple Mac App Store, and it looks increasingly likely that the software company will sooner rather than later roll out the rest of its flagship products like Photoshop and Indesign on the distribution platform.

Stephen Shankland from Cnet (opens in new tab) identifies five implications that the popularisation of the Mac App Store might have on the software market.

He mentions: the death of the boxed software paradigm, Apple as a gatekeeper, Mac App Store adjustments (pricewise, when it comes to upgrades and bundles), buy once and run on multiple computers and software that is fluidly updated.

There are also a number of other implications as well; Apple is often a trend setter and the fact that it is aggressively embracing the App Store beyond mobile, means that others, like Google and Microsoft, will follow suit.

Then there's the fact that Apple essentially kills competition from online and high street retailers by offering its own app store, which in turn means that discounts and price differentiation are very unlikely to happen, if at all.

Should Microsoft succeed in doing so, it will spell doom for a wide range of businesses that depend on the software trade (and its fat margins) to remain in the black.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.