The Mac App Store is LIVE! You can get with the Software Update to Mac OS X 10.6.6 via the Software Update feature on your Mac.

The Mac OS X 10.6.6 Update is recommended for all users running Mac OS X Snow Leopard and includes general operating system fixes that enhance the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac. It also includes the Mac App Store, the best way to discover and buy new apps for your Mac. The Mac App Store, a new application you’ll find in the Dock, includes the following features:

  • Discover Mac apps: Browse featured apps, top charts, and categories, or search for something specific. Read detailed app descriptions and user reviews, and flip through screen shots.
  • Buy and install: Easily purchase apps with your iTunes account.  Apps install in one step and are quickly available from the Dock.
  • App updates: The Mac App Store keeps track of all your purchased apps and notifies you when free updates are available.

One of the things I notice right away when using the Mac App Store is that it’s already full of apps! The store STARTED WITH OVER 1,000 APPS! That’s wicked! From productivity and creativity tools like Aperature, TextWrangler, and iWork applications, to games like Angry Birds, Bejeweled 3, and Solitaire (among an enormous collection of others). Twitter has also created an application that has quickly become popular on the Mac App Store in it’s opening hours.

It’s also EXTREMELY EASY to use this App Store, and every application that downloads to your Mac is ready to use instataniously. Check out the video below for a quick demonstration.

As I mentioned in the video, I haven’t had much time with it yet, however if you want a head start, Apple does SUGGEST GREAT APPS to you on their website. This has already changed everything when it comes to getting great stuff for your Mac, and it’s going to be getting much better! With time, I can easily see the Mac App Store changing the game forever, as Microsoft takes the copycat route (again) with it’s own version of the App Store, and even computer manufacturers may offer something like it in the future too.

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