Finding what you want in the Microsoft Store is not an easy
task especially when you consider the fact that the Store is
now not just a place to download and install apps and games.
With a series of updates, Microsoft has upgraded the Store with
new contents such as music, movies, books, TV shows, Edge
extensions and even hardware. With each passing day, more of
these contents are being added to the Microsoft Store. So
finding the right content is getting even harder.
Departments menu in Microsoft Store
To make the user experience better, Microsoft is testing a
drop-down menu in the Microsoft Store dubbed “Departments”. The
purpose of this new menu is to make it easier for users to find
the content of their choice. Departments menu will have four
main categories namely Software & Apps, Entertainment, Devices,
and Deals. Each main category will have five
Under Software & Apps, the subcategories available are Office,
Windows 10, Edge extensions, Customize Windows and Software
support. This category is where people can find all software
In the Entertainment category, the subcategories are PC Gaming,
Mixed Reality, Movies & TV, Books, and Xbox. As the name
suggests, this category is dedicated exclusively for
entertainment purposes. The subcategories have been carefully
selected which makes it easier for the user to choose the
content he wants.
The Devices category has subcategories as Surface, PCs &
tablets, Accessories, Gaming PCs and Xbox consoles. This is
where a user can find all the hardware. The subcategories
filter out exactly what the user is looking for.
The final category is Deals and its subcategories are Games
deals, App deals, Movies and TV deals, Surface deals and PC
deals. Each category mentioned above may have some special
deals or offers associated with them. This is the one-stop
destination to see all those available deals. The deals are
also categorized based on what the user is looking for.
All these items were previously seen on the home page of the
Microsoft Store. The Departments menu can be seen just beside
the Search option. This is of course not available to
everyone. Only some users have access to this feature as of now
since Microsoft is conducting an A/B test for this feature.
Once the test is complete, an update will come to the Microsoft
Store which will add the Departments menu.
Although this is a small change, it helps a lot in the
discovery of the right content for the right people. It will in
a way promote the contents in a more organized way. A lot of
new features are being worked upon for the Microsoft Store. We
can hope for these changes to be available to the general
public as soon as possible.