Windows 11 App Store just got more useful
Windows 11 App Store just got more useful

Microsoft's Windows App Store continues to improve on Windows 11.

While there has been an overhaul of the UI and some speed improvements, the main change is bringing more apps to the Store.

In the past week alone, some popular apps have arrived in the Microsoft Store for Windows 11, making them even more useful than they were before.

OBS Studio, Zoom, Canva, WinZip, and Adobe Acrobat Reader came to the Microsoft Store last week with the Microsoft Edge browser extension.

During the beta build of Windows 11, these first additions were a promising start.

The Microsoft Store for Windows 11 and Windows 10 has been changed to include all the traditional desktop apps.

Before allowing some bundled desktop apps to use its Store for updates, Microsoft previously banned developers from using UWA apps.

Now any app can become part of the App Store, this step is in line with the Windows Package Manager that Microsoft released last year.

In less than 24 hours, Windows Package Manager is better than the Windows Store, offering apps like Zoom and WinRAR that were missing from the main store.

App Store for Windows 11

The package manager has grown steadily over the past year and now includes Discord, Google Chrome, Firefox, and many other popular applications. You can even use a third-party web interface.

The Microsoft Store is now primarily the front end of the Windows Package Manager and WinGet commands, which are used to install applications from the Microsoft repository.

This means that more apps may appear in the App Store in the coming weeks. For example, Mozilla has indicated that Firefox may be launched soon.

In the Microsoft Store, we can see competing app stores such as Steam or Epic Games. Panos Panay said the company is open to Steam or Epic Games in their business. It could potentially connect apps and games that are available elsewhere.

The new store allows apps to use their system for updates. Plus the ability to retain 100% of app sales when developers use alternative payment systems.

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