“With the Mac App Store, getting the apps you want on your Mac has never been easier. No more boxes, no more disks, no more time-consuming installation. Click once to download and install any app on your Mac. The Mac App Store is now available as a software update for any Mac running Mac OS X Snow Leopard.” (source: Apple.com)
While still not perfect — some apps can be cracked by copying files around — the Mac App Store is a great opportunity for all developers and a great resource for every user. Transferring the “Apps” experience from the iOS platform to the Mac will bring the Mac to the masses… by exposing otherwise “invisible and obscure” apps to first time users, especially the very good shareware and freeware alternatives to much more expensive pro apps (read Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator vs Pixelmator and SketchBook Pro).
It also simplifies the market a lot providing a preferred place where the battle between software houses happens. As with the iOS App Store, who comes first wins more easily: with such a small number of available apps compared to the iOS market and so many users coming from that App Store seeking for software, developers can easily take the opportunity to create a Mac OS X counterpart of their iOS app — as we did.
For users, getting great apps for their mobile device and seeing they are also available for a desktop, will only encourage people to buy Macs. Quite a win-win scenario for everyone involved: developers, users and of corse, Apple.