Is there any difference between store apps of Windows 8 for PC and Windows 8 Phone?

Using Windows 8 on my PC right now, and thinking of buying a Windows 8 phone. Expecting seamless experience from apps side.

"Expecting a quick answer as I am in hurry to buy my new Windows 8 Phone."

  • Windows Store applications, and Windows 8 desktop applications will not run on Windows Phone 8.
    – Ramhound
    Nov 7, 2012 at 13:37
  • aah, disappointing. I just have experience of Windows 8 PC apps, growing good, should I go with Windows Phone 8 at this time? Or should I wait till it gets a bunch of useful apps?
    – DOM
    Nov 7, 2012 at 14:33
  • It already has useful applications because of Windows Phone 7 applications.
    – Ramhound
    Nov 7, 2012 at 17:20

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Is there any difference between store apps of Windows 8 for PC and Windows 8 Phone?

Short answer is They are very different from each other.

Though the OS for Windows 8 PC and Windows 8 phones looks like they are the same. They are in fact two different OSs.

As such, the apps that run in PC will not be compatible to phones.

Some apps may have a separate version for the PC and another one for phones that looks and works the same way but they are in fact two different versions of the same app. i.e. Internet Explorer for PC and internet explorer for mobile.

Expecting seamless experience from apps side.

This really depends on what app you're using. Some of your user preference is saved to your Live account (like your bookmarks or saved games for example) but this may or may not be synchronized between your devices.

If you have two Windows 8 PCs you can expect that some of your preference in individual apps will be synchronized between them but when it comes to synchronization between a PC and a phone this cannot be guaranteed.


The user experience is supposed to be the same by design. I like this article's commentary

Two types of Windows, a single aesthetic

In Microsoft's attempt to redefine itself, the company has rolled out a modern visual style across its products, featuring hard-edged rectangles, solid colors, monochromatic icons, and the repeated use of one classy-looking font. Windows 8 interface

Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 both invoke this modern look—formerly known as Metro—most notably through live tiles on their home screens.

There is no level of compatibility between applications for Windows 8 or Windows Phone 8, although in some cases it will be trivial for developers to port their applications between platforms.

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