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Microsoft Windows 8 Seen Tapping $58 Billion App Market: Tech

Microsoft Corp. is so eager to have a panoply of applications for the next version of its Windows operating system that it has lined up design firms, recruited interns and sent engineers on an around-the-world road show to help developers get them built.

Unlike Apple Inc. and Google Inc., which run the world’s largest app stores, Microsoft doesn’t have the luxury of waiting for programmers to come knocking when they want to create downloadable games, productivity tools or online magazines for its computer software.