macOS Mojave Brings a Redesigned Mac App Store

At its WWDC 2018 event, Apple announced the next generations of its ecosystem, and undoubtedly iOS 12 and macOS Mojave are the most expected software updates.

Along with the upcoming iOS 12, the new macOS Mojave is also a major update that introduces many new features and plenty of improvements, including a new Dark Mode, some desktop version of iOS apps, and a redesigned Mac App Store.

“We are excited to usher in a new era for the Mac App Store with a beautiful new look, unique editorial content and emphasis on human curation that complements the ways people are using their Macs today,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.

The Mac App Store gets a new UI featured with new tabs and rich editorial content. The new Discover tab provides compelling stories, in-depth interviews, helpful tips, collections of must-have apps and more, and the tabs of Discover, Create, Work, Play and Develop help users to find apps for a specific purpose. Apple also announced that a number of apps from top developers are also coming soon to the Mac App Store, including Office from Microsoft, Lightroom CC from Adobe, BBEdit from Bare Bones, Transmit from Panic, Lens Studio from Snap Inc., Houseparty, and more.

Before that, Mac users can download the app from its vendor’s site and install it by either dragging it to the Applications folder or following the steps in install wizard. And to fully uninstall third-party apps like Transmit may need you to manually detect and clear up some leftovers in the hidden system folders. Once the Mac App Store version is available, you can complete the download and install the app in only two clicks in Mac App Store. You can manage all available updates in the Updates tab, and uninstalling any app becomes simpler as you can delete it directly in Launchpad.

Currently the apps Microsoft releases in the Mac App Store are all free, including OneNote, OneDrive and Remote Desktop. Microsoft’s Office 365 suite will be headed to Mac App Store later this year. “We’re excited to provide our joint customers with easy access to downloads and updates by bringing Office to the newly redesigned Mac App Store, ” said Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president at Microsoft.

“Adobe is looking forward to bringing Lightroom CC, our industry-leading photography service, to the Mac App Store in the next year,” said Bryan Lamkin, executive vice president and general manager of Digital Media at Adobe.

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