Although software downloads are easily found in nearly every corner of the Internet–some legally, some not–HP has created an online app store that contains many popular applications and games for consumer and small businesses. According to the company, the HP Download Store opens with more than 200 titles and a handful of subscription services.
A quick scan of the store shows that most apps are sold for their list price. Shop around online a bit, and you’re likely to find an app sold at discount. HP sweetens the deal, however, by letting you re-download app for up to two years after purchase. HP is also offering $20 off any purchase of $50 or more through the end of May and promises twenty more deals through the month.
Among the support and collaboration subscription services offered is HP Virtual Room, an online meeting service that runs from $12.95 to $54.95 a month, depending on the number of meeting attendees. Another, HP Performance Tune-up Service, costs $9.95 a month puts you and your HP or non-HP computer in contact with a technician who will get your PC back to top speed by running hardware diagnostics and removing unwanted files and software.
HP’s app store has titles that are “ideal for the distinct characteristics of HP Mini netbooks.” Namely, the apps are downloaded from an HP server (or one of Digital River’s, HP’s partner in this venture) and not installed from a CD, saving netbook owners from the cost and hassle of using an external optical drive.