Every operating system has its advantages and disadvantages, and in the case of Linux the ease with which software can be downloaded and updated from a central repository is a big plus point. The various app stores that exist for mobile operating system work in much the same way, and Allmyapps brings similar options to Windows users.
You may have decided against upgrading to Windows 8, but this does not mean that you need miss out on having an app store of your own. Allmyapps is a free service that can be used to browse, install, update and sync your apps across multiple computers.
The first thing you’ll need to do is head over to the Allmyapps web site (http://allmyapps.com/) and grab yourself a copy of the free software. At the main page click the Download Allmyapps button, save the file to the desktop and then run through the installation as normal.
During the installation you will need to ensure that you are connected to the internet – and I found that the setup process was fairly slow when compared to other programs – but it won’t be long before the app is ready to use.
As this is essentially an app store, if you have used Windows 8’s store, Google Play or Apple’s App Store, you’ll know pretty much what to expect. The nest thing to do is to take a browse through what’s on offer and install something that interests you.
You can take a look through the various software categories that are available in Allmyapps, or you can head to the Staff Picks, Hot Apps or New Apps sections to get a little inspiration. The service’s software library is impressively large, with the number of titles being measured in the thousands.
To start with, I’m going to install TweetDeck, but the process is the same for any program. You can hover the mouse over the name of an app and then click Install, or you can click the app to read a little more detail about it before you proceed with the installation.
Having clicked the install button, the download will start automatically. While this is taking place, you can continue to browse the store and download more apps if you like, but you can also just wait for it to complete if you prefer.
The addition of an app store to any version of Windows is great, but where Allmyapps really comes into its own is in its ability to keep you informed about updates that are released for the apps you have installed. While many apps have an automatic update feature built into them, this is not the case for piece of software and it’s all too easy to miss out on an important update.
The fact that updates are used to not only add new features to programs , but also address security and performance issues that have been identified means that the importance of installing the latest updates cannot be overstated. When you have Allmyapps running, a notification area popup will let you know when there are updates available for the apps you have installed, but you can also head to the My Apps section of the program whenever you want.
In many ways, the program can be seen as the Windows Update for your other software. If you don’t have the time to manually check that every single one of your programs is up to date, Allmyapps can do the legwork for you.
The update page is divided into two sections – updates that can be handled automatically by the program, and those that will have to be updated manually. If you want to save time, you can opt to update all of the supported apps at once, but you can also work through the list one by one if you prefer.
Allmyapps is available completely free of charge, but for a nominal fee of €4.90 you can upgrade to the premium version of the software for a year. Going down this route will not only remov e the advertisements that adorn the Allmyapps interface, but it also enables you to back up your downloaded apps online, enables you to transfer apps to Windows 8 and gives you access to priority customer support. Regardless of whether you decide to go down this route or not, this is a valuable tool that is well worth investing some time in.
This is a stunning program – particularly if you’re a little lazy when it comes to updating software manually. The range of supported titles is impressive, and I have no hesitation in recommending this as an app that should be installed by everyone. It sounds like, and indeed is, a pretty simple concept, but it works so well it won’t be long before you wonder how you ever lived without it.