It's good that you provide a different perspective. I really mean it. It's possible to have different opinions without one being right and the other being wrong. I am not here to convince anyone about anything. I post mainly to entertain myself and also vent some frustration because tech didn't develop the way I wanted.
Though I don't see why there is so much hate for the Apps from the store I use 53 to some extent, and have tried far more than that, which are decent app, but I don't have the time to use any longer.
The “hate” (or my “hate” I should say) for Store apps stems from a feeling of being dumbed down.
To be given the smartphone treatment on a desktop platform. To be served inferior tools because Google/Apple/Microsoft/any company think this is “good enough”.
When someone mentions sandboxed apps (Store apps) this comes to my mind:
Apps that cannot access filesystem properly, apps that cannot be themed/skinned properly, apps that don't support mouse/keyboard as primary control method, apps that are slow/lag because of a heavy framework, apps that are generally restricted in what they can accomplish, apps that either come with a price tag or are ad supported.
How many Windows Store apps have I tried? Not that many. I tried VLC, thought it was ugly and pretty useless compared to the desktop program. I tried Mail, thought it was nowhere near as useful as Windows Live Mail (now retired). I tried some games which reminded me of Android games. I tried Contacts or People and Calendar which reminded me of Outlook.com. I tried Calculator and then decided to install the old Win32 Calculator.
My “hate” for Store apps stems from my “hate” for Android (and iOS). And touch. It's pretty simple; I am old-school and the whole smartphone thing (meaning touch) went over my head. Why would I want to touch a screen if I can touch a button instead and feel something, getting physical feed-back? Touching a screen is a lifeless, mind-numbing experience. Well, I am joking, but I am surprised that touch caught on in such a big way.
Needless to say I wasn't happy when Microsoft decided to create a hybrid OS for both touch and traditional use. I think Apple has the winning strategy here, having a desktop/laptop OS and a separate touch OS. For me, Windows Store is a pure touch store with sandboxed (limited) apps and that's the reason I stay away from it.
Someone should pick up the Impulse client from the software graveyard (I imagine the price is a lot lower now) and start a real Windows store. Who should do this? Microsoft of course. However, this will not happen and I think it's a big mistake. I think most developers want to have their software in an easy accessible store, they just don't want to pay 30 % for the privilege.
I am disappointed how tech developed in the last 8-9 years. The iPhone and Android changed everything. Nokia had pretty cool smartphones (with keyboards) and Blackberry and Microsoft too.
People a lot older than me have embraced the “Modern” touch trend and sandboxed apps. I prefer the sweet memories of instant responsiveness of Windows 98 on a Pentium II 450 MHz. It felt like code was closer to hardware those days or maybe it's just silly thoughts from someone unwilling to adapt to current reality. Windows was running on top of DOS those days which actually is a bit weird when one thinks about it. Maybe Windows 98 wasn't that good after all. But it was fast. When 7200 rpm drives were introduced (or was it SATA?) Microsoft had to patch Windows 98 because it shut down too fast, before the hardware had time to power off properly.
Compare this with Android which uses some kind of virtual machine on top of the Linux kernel and is generally slow even on modern hardware. I think it's the world's most disturbing OS and it's sad that it killed practically every other smartphone OS except iOS. Windows Store is the “Android mindset” baked into Windows. Just disturbing. But maybe there actually is someone enjoying Android. No. Not possible. Android is for robots, not humans.