Microsoft Store awards highlight the best apps for Windows 11

Windows 11 best apps award

As Microsoft continues to bet big on its redesigned Windows
Store, the tech giant is ready with the best apps award for
Windows 11 and Windows 10. The selections below reflect
worldwide results, and the best apps list has been finalized
after evaluating the votes from users.

The new Microsoft Store has been a big talking point since it
was launched alongside Windows 11. Microsoft is promoting the
new Store as a one-stop destination to find apps built with
different frameworks, including XAML, Win32 and more.

The store is also the home of Amazon Android apps and there
have already been apps from the likes of Disney and WhatsApp.
Another new initiative is Microsoft’s users’ choice store
awards. This is just one of the ways to honour the best desktop
apps on Windows 11’s store.

Here are the Windows Store App Awards winners

The selections below reflect worldwide results, with ShareX and
Speedtest by Ookla winning in the utility category.


The runner up in this category is “Fluent Screen Recorder” a
XAML-UWP based modern app that lets you record your screen with
easy to use controls.

Fluent Screen Recorder

Here’s a list of the finalists in this category:

  • Ffast – Two Factor Authenticator Supporting TOTP
  • Fluent Screen Recorder – App to record your screen.
  • MyASUS – App to manage your ASUS device and contact the
    firm’s support when your device is having issues. MyASUS also
    lets you manage your WiFi settings, improve battery life and
  • Screenbits – Screen Recorder: This is a new screen recorder
    with both basic and advanced controls.
  • ShareX – ShareX is our favourite open-source app to capture
    screenshots, GIFs, and more.
  • Speedtest by Ookla: A simple app to test the performance of
    your internet connection.
  • Torrex Lite – Torrent Downloader.
  • Visum Photo Viewer: A modern alternative to the Photos app.
  • WiFi Analyzer: A new app to monitor and improve wireless

File management category

There are two winners in this category – Files and Rufus. While
Files is a full-fledged UWP and modern alternative to File
Explorer, Rufus lets you create bootable installation media of

Files for Windows 11

Here’s a list of the finalists in this category:

  • 8 Zip – A simple app to archive and extract compressed
  • Files App – A powerful file management app. It comes with
    tabs support, full dark mode, WinUI controls, rounded corners,
    and Mica.
  • HEIC to JPEG – A simple app to convert HEIC to JPEG.
  • IrfanView64 – This is a very fast, compact and innovative
    image viewer/converter for Windows.
  • Metro Commander – Yet another modern file manager for
  • Mp3tag – A powerful and easy-to-use app to change metadata
    of audio files, such as ID3v1, ID3v2.3, ID3v2.4, iTunes MP4,
    WMA, and more.
  • NanaZip – A third-party alternative to 7Zip with a modern
    interface and more.
  • One Commander.
  • QuickLook – This app enables macOS-like QuickView feature
    for Windows 11.
  • Rufus.
  • Shrestha Files Pro – A new and modern file manager.

Open Platform Category

This category is particularly dedicated to open source
projects. In the Open Platform category, there are three
winners – Auto Dark Mode, EarTrumpet and Modern Flyouts.

Auto Dark Mode is a simple app that automatically enables dark
mode based on your local time and EarTrumpet is a powerful
open-source replacement for volume mixer on the Windows

EarTrumpet for Windows 11

The third winner in this category is Modern Flyouts which is
our personal favourite.

Modern Flyouts
Modern Flyouts

While Windows 11 is the biggest Windows redesigns ever, some
elements of the interface remain outdated, and one such area is
the flyouts.

Modern Flyouts is a simple app that replaces the little pop-ups
that show up when you adjust volume or brightness with a modern

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