The brand new Microsoft Retailer for Home windows 10 and Home windows 11 comes with some long-awaited adjustments to the enterprise mannequin and interface. Microsoft Retailer is getting a model new design, a search expertise, a brand new app obtain/set up expertise, Android apps integration through Amazon AppStore, and extra.
Extra importantly, Microsoft is attempting to make its app retailer open to everybody. In contrast to Apple or Google, Home windows Retailer will promote unprecedented “freedom” for builders, with Satya Nadella saying that ‘Home windows has all the time stood for sovereignty for creators’ and Microsoft will proceed to assist builders.
Microsoft has relaxed the Retailer insurance policies and builders who need can now deliver their apps and video games to the Retailer. The brand new Microsoft Retailer, which can be coming to Home windows 10 later this 12 months, will enable apps whatever the framework used to construct it.
In consequence, you’ll be able to anticipate UWP (fashionable) apps, Win32 (.exe, .msi applications), Electron, React Native, net apps, and APKs in Microsoft Retailer.
One of many nice examples of that’s OBS Studio, which is an open-source video editor device Written in C, C++ and Qt. Earlier at this time, OBS Studio app was revealed within the Home windows 11 Retailer by the OBS basis. Moreover, Microsoft has began rolling out WinZip, Canva, Zoom, and Disney+ within the new Retailer.
Whereas Win32 apps assist has been enabled within the early builds of Retailer, Android apps assist can be launched through Amazon Appstore later this 12 months.
Along with third-party apps, Microsoft has promised that it’ll publish Visible Studio, Groups and different applications within the Retailer. The corporate can be highlighting the most effective apps by means of a characteristic known as “Tales”, which can make it simpler for builders to advertise their apps and it’ll additionally assist customers to seek out them.
Within the Home windows 11 builds, Microsoft is testing assist for a brand new characteristic known as “pop-up retailer” and it might assist customers find an app on the Retailer by means of your net browser.
The pop-up retailer, which can seem on net pages, will enable customers to simply handle the set up with out opening the Retailer itself.
In the course of the occasion, Microsoft confirmed that Home windows 11 Retailer goals to unite all shops and app frameworks in a single platform to assist customers get the app they need.
To enhance the built-in app retailer, Microsoft has relaxed the strict insurance policies and introduced 100% gross sales income for builders utilizing third-party commerce platforms.
Relating to Android apps compatibility, Microsoft spokesperson informed us that Retailer will obtain assist for Amazon Appstore within the coming months.
“Prospects will be capable of uncover Android apps on the Microsoft Retailer and purchase them by means of the Amazon Appstore. We’ll have extra to share at a later date,” a Microsoft spokesperson informed us in an announcement.