Microsoft Store has long had a redesign in the works and it
appears that the fresh version of the app store is being
prepared for Windows 10
Sun Valley Update.
As you’re doubtlessly aware, the Windows 10 Sun Valley Update
should roll out to consumers in October and November. Sun
Valley update was originally supposed to ship with new Start
Menu and other design improvements, but it appears that the
update could revive Microsoft Store, formerly known as Windows
Store and Windows Phone Store.
All users may have experienced difficulty downloading or
install apps from the Microsoft Store because of the underlying
issues in the store backend. With the Sun Valley update, the
idea is to recreate the app platform and introduce a new
interface to allow you to further drill down to find apps that
you actually need.
Microsoft Store is currently far from perfect and most popular
apps are either outdated or unavailable for download in the
Store. The design refresh is for both desktops and touchscreen
devices, and reports suggest that Store will also get rounded
corners, Fluent Design icons.
More apps coming to the Microsoft Store
It’s no secret that Microsoft Store has always been struggling,
especially when the number of apps available on it is compared
to Google Play or Apple Store.
Over the past few months, Microsoft has been trying to bridge
the gap between the two main app platforms for Windows – UWP
and Win32. With
Project Reunion, Microsoft said it would allow developers
to use UWP APIs for their traditional desktop apps instead of
switching to the UWP platform.
As part of the Project Reunion strategy, Microsoft now wants to
change existing policies and allow developers to submit
unpacked Win32 apps (EXE and MSI) apps to the Store. At the
moment, developers have to repackage their apps in the MSIX
package, which is a weak point for the platform.
Microsoft will also allow developers to bypass the company’s
commerce platform and collect payments directly from users,
which means Microsoft won’t be taking a cut of their revenue.
In addition to these two new policies, it looks like apps can
now use their own built-in update systems and bypass Windows
Store for faster updates.
It’s also likely that these policies could allow Google Chrome,
Visual Studio, Microsoft teams and other popular apps in the
These changes should certainly make Windows Store a compelling
solution for developers and a more pleasant and streamlined
experience for users.