Windows 11 is
arriving later this year with a reorganized start menu and
redesigned notification center experience. Unlike the previous
Windows 10 updates, Windows 11 offers a number of new features
for consumers and it also opens new opportunities for
developers or businesses.
The new OS comes with a rewritten Microsoft Store which has
clearly been optimized for all developers. According to
Microsoft officials, Windows 11’s native app store will allow
apps built on almost any framework. The list of supported
frameworks includes Win32, .NET, Java, UWP, and web apps too.
For Win32 apps (traditional .exe programs), Microsoft will let
developers submit their unpackaged Win32 apps in the Windows
Store. Your favourite .exe programs that use custom content
delivery networks for hosting and for updates are also allowed,
but there’s a catch.
It appears that there’ll be no updates for unpacked Win32
programs in Windows 11’s Microsoft Store. According to
Microsoft Store documentation, users will not be able to
receive updates for the Win32 apps from the Store. If you
download Win32 apps from the Store, they can be updated
directly via the developer.
“Updates to Apps are not required to be submitted through the
Store. End users will not be able to receive updates from the
Store. Apps can be updated directly by You via your App that is
installed on a Windows Device after download from the Store,”
the tech giant noted in the official
Additionally, Microsoft is also allowing developers to publish
a simple installer for their apps on the store, which allows
anyone to download and install the app.
On Twitter, Microsoft’s Rudy Hyun confirmed that the company
wants to be “very transparent” about apps listed in the Store.
If an app is a installer and it cannot be updated via the
Store, users will see a text below the app name:
You can decide to install or not an app based on who updates
it, Microsoft said.
It’s worth noting that developers can still publish new
versions of their apps in the Microsoft Store, but these
unpacked Win32 apps cannot be updated through the Store. If you
want to update that app, you need to rely on in-app updates.
At the moment, it’s not clear if the Store will approve Win32
apps that don’t support in-app updates.