We knew this was coming but when Nikolaus let me know it was live I was a bit shocked. You would think that RIM would make a big deal of allowing you to purchase, download, and install both paid and free apps directly through the App World Webstore website. The purchasing part seems to still hang for me and though it did work once but I have successfully downloaded and installed free apps through the website.
Update: Payment options are currently Carrier Billing, PayPal, and Credit Card payments!
You will need to download and install a new App World Installer (under 1MB MSI Installer) to be able to install apps through your desktop browser but surprisingly it did not require a restart even though it did ask me to restart.
So what do you think of this new capability? I am just happy that we have more than the crappy “send link to your BlackBerry” option! Better yet would be the ability to initiate an install on your BlackBerry through the website without having to plug it in. I would also be happy if RIM added the ability to see what software you have installed previously.
Let us know if you manage to successfully purchase an app through the App World website or even if you get the website to install a free app. Kudos to the RIM App World team for rolling this out. Still I thought they would at least make an announcement about it…