The new Microsoft Store is now available for Windows Insiders
as part of the first Windows 11 preview build, giving
interested users a closer look at the new operating system,
which will begin rolling out to mainstream users later this
During the event, Microsoft said the Windows 11 Store has been
“redesigned from the ground up”. The entire interface has been
updated with more responsive scrolling and Microsoft has added
space for more content. The user experience is simple and HTML
components are now gone, according to Microsoft officials.
On Windows 10, Microsoft Store’s front-end is partially built
in HTML/CSS (web components). For example, the product pages
are entirely HTML-based, which slows down the experience
significantly, especially when clicking on “get” or install”
buttons. The biggest problem with the current store is that it
doesn’t work properly.
For example, the large downloads fail most of the time with
error codes that give no explanation.
With Windows 11, Microsoft is replacing the existing Store with
a new Store that’s written in XAML/C# and it’s fully “UWP”,
according to Microsoft officials. Fortunately, the Store
performance has improved significantly and downloads no longer
fail, which was previously observed with medium to large-sized
apps and games.
Some sources who wished to remain anonymous also confirmed the
downloads will be faster for large games.
Big changes to Microsoft Store business model
With Windows 11, Microsoft is changing the Store business model
too. The company wants all developers to develop apps and games
for its Microsoft Store app marketplace as possible. The Store
is more open to all apps and games, and app developers can now
use their own third-party commerce systems.
Similarly, Microsoft will be expanding the Store catalog by
adding more apps and games created using different types of
frameworks. Teams and Visual Studio are expected to arrive in
the Store by the end of the year.
There are some big names in the new Microsoft Store such as
OBS Studio and Canva to name a few.
Participants in the Windows Insider program can already
download the newly designed Microsoft Store by manually
updating the Store using the old Store app. While the Store has
been redesigned, some features like Amazon Appstore (Android
apps) integration will arrive later.
The company also said that Windows 10 users will get the same
Store experience later this year and
Store quality will be significantly improved in the coming
months. For example, search results will no longer include