Windows 8: Welcome to a world of free apps... for now

Microsoft has revealed the Windows 8 Consumer Preview on Wednesday and with it the Windows Store, letting users of the trial download a range of apps to try out on the new operating system.

While we knew apps were coming, the Windows 8 Consumer Preview marks the beta opening of the Windows Store, which is filled with a variety of new Metro style apps from both third-party developers and Microsoft.

"A number of essential apps will ship with the Consumer Preview but they are all subject to change," Antoine Leblond, corporate VP of Windows web services ,told journalists at the launch of the new preview. "We're adding apps all the time so you'll want to keep checking back into the store."

During the Consumer Preview, these apps are available to try and experience, free to all users, so they can have a play and see what's what.

As Microsoft already does with the Windows Phone app store Marketplace, it will recommend apps for users to try.

The Consumer preview might have only just gone live, but there are plenty of apps already in the store including an Amazon Kindle App, Cut the Rope, The Telegraph, Kobo, and Vimeo, with Microsoft promising to add plenty more as the Consumer Preview continues.

UPDATE: We've just had confirmation from Netflix that it will be creating a Netflix Windows 8 app to be released in the future. 

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