Cupertino, Calif. – Apple (NASD:  AAPL) on Thursday officially opened its
Mac App Store, featuring more than 1,000 free and paid apps specifically
designed for the Mac. The site lets visitors search for apps in categories such
as Education, Games, Productivity and Utilities, then purchase them through an
iTunes account.

The launch comes after the wild success seen with Apple’s App
Store for the iPhone, and later iPad.

Wired notes the store does not provide
any free trials of the software, but is offering savings on a number of
applications at launch.

For instance, the Aperture photo-editing application is
selling for $80 from the Mac App Store, instead of with the $200 price tag
found at Apple Stores.



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