The Windows 11 App Store is its centerpiece, not the Start menu

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I hadn’t been a Windows user in ages. But when I decided to give it another chance two weeks ago, I was optimistic about most of its flaws that prompted me to macOS in the first place had been taken care of. Microsoft has made great strides with Windows 10 and the operating system looks better than ever. That is, until I start installing a bunch of new software.

The third-party Windows installation process has always been a mess, to say the least. Some applications still require you to download the actual software through a downloader; some rely on clunky and outdated interfaces that can be difficult to navigate; and some are available both through the built-in App Store and as an online standalone file, leaving it up to the owner to determine which one is right for their needs – you get the idea. In addition, new users are forced to browse websites for the correct installation file, which is often the same as browsing a malware minefield because there are potentially thousands of deceptive aggregators available on the web.

Lucky for me, the Windows 11 The preview has arrived just in time, and its ambitious new app store could be the breakthrough Microsoft needs to turn one of Windows’ most excruciating loopholes and allow Microsoft to push the operating system beyond. hundreds of millions who already use it.

Windows 11 is first and foremost a visual upgrade. On initial startup, you’d be hard-pressed to tell if its most vital new feature has nothing to do with the appearance of the operating system. However, Microsoft’s digital storefront is where you’ll find updates that can really make a difference in people’s Windows experience.

Microsoft has made a series of fundamental adjustments to Windows App Store policies that can streamline the awkward installation process and convince developers to offer their apps on a common platform instead of forcing users to visit individually. their websites.

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More importantly, the Windows Store – available on Windows 11 and soon on Windows 10 – can host any type of app. Previously, if developers wanted to bring their apps to the Windows Store, they had to use a specific Microsoft framework. Now they can choose from a number of technologies, including the traditional Win32 desktop format; Microsoft’s UWP model, which allows developers to design services for all Windows platforms like Xbox and Windows all at once; and even progressive web apps.

On top of that, Microsoft allows developers to keep any revenue generated by their apps as long as they use their own commerce services. Usually, on an operating system like macOS and Android, developers are limited to the host company’s payment gateway and are required to pay them a portion of their profits. In Windows 11, even if they opt for Microsoft’s payment technology, they can keep 85% (88% if it’s a game) of their earnings for Apple’s 30% tax.

Another highlight of the new Microsoft Store is that it is open to hosting alternative app stores. At launch, it will feature a section where users can browse and install items from Amazon’s Android app store. In the future, instead of downloading separately from the app stores of, for example, Epic games and Steam, you can access it directly from the Microsoft Store.

Windows users, however, are used to Google searching for an installation file instead of going to the App Store. To make the transition easier for both developers and their customers, Microsoft has a new mini pop-up store. Developers can replace the link to their installation file on their website with a “Get it from Microsoft”. When someone clicks on it, they get a floating prompt with the details of the app and a download button that automatically retrieves and installs it on your computer from the Microsoft Store.

In addition to a visual refresh, the Microsoft Store now performs better and no longer leaves you lying around for hours on end for updates and downloads.

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Microsoft seems to have it all figured out, and despite its turbulent history with third-party developers, it seems it has already managed to win over many of them. Since the deployment of Developer Preview, a range of popular desktop apps, including Zoom, WinZip, Adobe Acrobat Reader, and a few more have made their way to the Microsoft Store.

The new Microsoft Store still has a long way to go, but after weeks of testing it looks promising. When I wanted to set up Adobe Reader, I just walked into the store and with one click the desktop app was available on my PC instead of its sorely lacking touchscreen counterpart.

The new Windows Store, however, could use a cleanup. Despite these advancements, it’s still littered with endless counterfeit clones of well-known software, making it hard to tell which one is genuine.

The rest of Windows 11 is a refreshing step forward. The redesign, while leaving out legacy tools, including the task manager, feels both modern and convenient, especially in the way it tries to reduce overwhelming options for new users with right-clicking and a simplified top menu. Microsoft is further extending its multitasking lead with shortcuts to instant layouts and virtual desktops. How strict Microsoft will be on Windows 11 hardware requirements remains to be seen, but one thing is for sure: I won’t be leaving Windows anytime soon.


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