CHIPMAKER Intel will close its Appup online apps store for Windows PCs, we assume because no one really used it.
The Intel Appup applications centre is a digital storefront for existing and new PC software, apps, content and entertainment and Intel launched it in 2010 as a beta programme designed for netbook computer users.
The store aimed to eventually expand into other arenas such as smart TVs and smartphones, with an overall goal of helping develop the market for the products, attract developers for Intel chips and support customers.
However, those visiting the Appup store website will now see a message that reads, "At Intel, we're always thinking about the future, which often means making changes today. That's why, on 11 March, 2014, [the] Intel Appup centre will come to a close as we focus on developing new and exciting PC innovations that will continue to shape your world."
Intel added that closing the store will allow the firm to "focus more than ever on developing the next generation of platform innovation".
Those that use the Appup store apps will be able to continue doing so until the store closes on 11 March, after which they will stop working and previously downloaded apps will no longer receive updates or notifications.
Support for the Appup store will be provided via email until 15 June. People who have bought apps from the store will be pleased to know that Intel is offering a refund for apps that users paid for.
Intel said, "Refunds will be granted for the actual transaction price [with] the refund process [being] available for a limited time: 28 January through 19 December, 2014." µ