Microsoft Edge extensions are coming to Windows 11 Store

Windows 11 Store Edge extensions

In Windows 11, Microsoft Store will be the one destination for
everything. The Microsoft Store policies will also allow
developers to publish their Chromium Edge extensions in the
Microsoft Store, which should streamline the overall web
browsing experience on Windows 11.

On Windows 10, Chromium Edge extensions are offered via
Microsoft’s web-based add-ons store. During the developer
conference, Microsoft revealed extensions that would work in
Edge would be available through the Windows 11’s app store as
well, so everyone looking for the third-party add-ons can now
look in the Microsoft Store instead.

Microsoft’s new vision for Store is simple: Windows 11 Store
becomes the one destination for all your apps and games. This
includes Android apps. In fact, Microsoft is trying to
integrate apps stores like Amazon AppStore directly into the
new Store, so it makes sense for the company to publish
extensions through the Microsoft Store as well.

Microsoft Store Edge extensions

Extensions like Outlook and LastPass for Edge are already
available in the Store.

However, it’s not yet clear how the migration will
work. It’s possible that Microsoft will automatically move
all extensions to the Store without requiring action from
developers.

While extensions are coming to Windows Store, Microsoft is not
retiring or downgrading the existing add-ons store.

That’s because the web-based add-on store is the only way to
install extensions on Windows 7, macOS or Linux where Microsoft
Store is not available.

Microsoft Store is getting big changes on Windows 11

In addition to Edge, Microsoft Store is getting support for
apps created using any framework like Win32, UWP, .NET, and
PWA. In Windows 11 preview build, Microsoft has already

started to welcome open-source productivity apps.

For example, OBS Studios, which is one of the popular
productivity tools, is now from the new Store. Similarly,
Microsoft Store is also getting WinZip, Zoom, and other
full-fledged desktop apps.

This is a great start for a Store that has struggled since the
days of Windows 8 and has failed to attract big names due to
strict policies on Windows 10. Thankfully, Microsoft finally
realized their mistake and they’ve relaxed all key policies for
redesigned Windows Store.

Later this year, Microsoft’s upgraded app store will begin
rolling out to Windows 10 and Windows 11 users. On Windows 10,
the new store will be delivered via an update to the current
store, while Windows 11 will come pre-installed with the new
Microsoft Store.

Additionally,
Microsoft has promised significant quality improvements for
Store search and catalog, which should reduce the number of
low-quality apps.

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