In early 2018, Microsoft said
Windows 10 20H1 update replaces the built-in Notepad app
with a Microsoft Store version that would allow the company to
update Notepad at a faster pace.
It looks like Microsoft has changed its mind and it won’t bring
Notepad to the Windows Store after all. Notepad will still
receive new features and improvements through Windows 10
feature updates, and the update distribution via Store isn’t
happening anytime soon.
With latest preview build, Microsoft has decided to focus on
the native version of Notepad for Windows 10 that’s already
bundled into the OS and Microsoft Store project has been put on
It’s not clear why Microsoft has decided to step back from the
development of Store-based Notepad, but one of the reasons
could be the problems when distributing Notepad updates to
users who don’t use the store in the first place.
“Thank you for all the feedback you provided on the Store
version of Notepad. At this time, we’ve decided not to roll
this out to customers,” Microsoft said in a blog
It’s worth noting that Notepad could still come back to the
Windows Store at some point, but for now, Microsoft will stick
with the classic way of updating the app.