Microsoft is rolling out a new update for Windows 11’s app
store in the Dev Channel and it comes with a few new additions,
including faster and better app updates.
Microsoft Store isn’t particularly popular or preferred in the
Windows community as compared to mobile app stores. The idea of
downloading apps or games via app stores is normal on Android
or iOS. On the other hand, it’s something that desktop users
don’t really bother using.
The store has been available to Windows users for some time and
it has gotten significantly better since the release of Windows
10. Starting with Windows 11, Microsoft is taking the Store to
the next level by adding support for Win32 applications, web
Android apps (Amazon App Store).
Windows 11’s Store redesigned interface provides a quick and
easy way to find, compare, install and update apps. Whether you
have a free or paid app, it is possible to keep them up to date
by checking for updates in the Microsoft Store. However, the
Store update is likely to fail when you have the app open in
In fact, Store has been designed in such a way that it is
unable to determine whether the app is running in the
background or not. Having the latest version of Store apps
means you get access to all the latest features and Microsoft
is willing to improve this experience in Store soon.
For example, if you click on the “Update” buttons in the
Library of Store, Microsoft Store will immediately begin
downloading the latest versions, but it will skip updates for
apps that you have open. This will ensure fewer errors in the
Store and prevent any potential data loss.
It’s also worth mentioning that the same process will apply to
app updates if they’re performed via their respective app
As part of the performance update, Microsoft is also improving
the browsing experience, so you should expect pages to load
faster than earlier.
Another new feature is support for improved Android
integration. When you’re browsing the web and you come across a
new app, and it’s available in the Store, you’ll see a new
pop-up with a link to the Android app available in the
Microsoft Store. However, it depends on device compatibility
and age rating.
ARM64 support finally comes to the Microsoft Store
Microsoft is introducing native Arm64 support for the Store.
This should result in faster and better performance when you
use the app store on Windows 11 ARM devices, such as the
Surface Pro X.