Microsoft originally announced Windows 11’s new app store in
June, and since then, the company has been trying to improve
the quality of its marketplace. Several servicing updates have
been released as part of the Windows Insider Program and users
have been testing the new Store on their devices for more than
three months now.
During the “What’s new for Windows” event, Microsoft explained
that it rebuilt the Microsoft Store with a new design, improved
performance and better support for developers. As expected,
Microsoft is finally bringing its Windows 11’s store to Windows
10 PCs and it seems to be rolling out in stages.
If you’re in the Release Preview Channel of Windows Insiders
program and running Windows 10 version 21H2, you can now grab
the new Store by checking for updates within the Microsoft
Store. For those running non-Insider builds, they can manually
install the Store by following these steps:
- Download Microsoft Store updated version from here.
- Open PowerShell.
- Use the cd command to navigate to the location where you’ve
saved the Store update. For example, if your browser’s default
downloads location is the “Downloads” folder, type cd
- Type Add-AppxPackage <package name.msixbundle>.
In this case, the final command would be:
If an error message states that you need framework
“Microsoft.UI.Xaml.2.7, simply download and install the
framework from here.
A closer look at the new Microsoft Store for Windows 10
The new Microsoft Store features a redesigned interface on
It looks less cluttered than the current app store, and the new
Store is based on XAML (UWP) code instead of WebView, so you
can expect better performance, especially when the internet
connection is slow.
We won’t dissect every little change of the Microsoft Store,
but it’s worth pointing out that Windows 10’s new app store is
faster than the old store, and users can now quickly navigate
between different pages.
Microsoft has also improved the downloads speed, and you’ll be
able to easily manage your installed/owned apps from the new
Additionally, Microsoft is also working on a new feature called
“Stories” for the store. This would allow developers to create
editorial content to promote their apps and games and help
users discover apps that would inspire them to achieve more
with their devices.
This new Microsoft Store supports more types of apps and it is
open for all Windows developers.
Unfortunately, Microsoft is not planning to bring its
Windows Subsystem for Android to Windows 10’s app store.
For now, Android support would remain exclusive to Windows 11
as it is one of the flagship features of the new operating