During the second event aimed at developers, Microsoft took the
wraps off its new app store for
Windows 11 and Windows 10.
The Microsoft Store, otherwise known as Windows Store, has been
“rebuilt” and redesigned to offer more than the store currently
available on Windows 10. Microsoft explained that the new Store
offers better experience and performance than the Windows 10
Store, which has largely remained unchanged since its original
Windows 8 version.
The visual redesign is based on Fluent Design and WinUI. It
looks less cluttered and it comes with a new navigation menu on
the left side. At the top of the store, there’s a new search
bar, which is also available in the
redesigned Windows Settings and
Microsoft Photos app.
Microsoft has also redesigned the apps page in the Store with
more clarity on downloads size, reviews, app features,
changelog and other information.
Stories are coming to Microsoft Store
Microsoft is also bringing stories to its new Store. This
feature will help users discover new apps and it will also help
developers inform users about their new apps and games,
according to the company.
According to Microsoft, Windows Store stories are “rich
editorial content” featuring a set of images/screenshots
highlighting features offered by the app.
New search bar
The search bar has been redesigned and it finally works.
Using the search bar, you can quickly preview apps available in
the Store by typing keywords. The search bar will also show
results from the Amazon Appstore, which
powers the section of the Android apps in the Microsoft
New pop-up store
To better support web apps, Microsoft is introducing a new
store pop-up that will allow users to install apps from the
browser. This feature works when the user clicks on a Microsoft
Store badge/banner on a website like Spotify.
When you click a Microsoft Store download badge, Windows 11’s
app installer pop up will appear and it will help you manage
New policies for developers
Windows 11 Store is now more open for developers and it will
support more types of Windows apps. For example, developers can
now publish any kind of desktop app made using .NET, Electron,
React Native, UWP, Xamarin, Java, PWA, and of course Win32 is
now supported as well.
Another big change is support for third-party commerce platform
on Store. Developers will be able to use their own commerce
solutions in their apps to charge customers and Microsoft won’t
take any fees, which means 100% of the revenue will go to the
The new Microsoft Store is coming later this year, but
Microsoft will release the first preview to the testers in the
Insider program this month.