Expanded Windows 11 app store comes to Windows 10 “soon,” available to testers now

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Enlarge / The brand new Microsoft Retailer working on Home windows 10.

Andrew Cunningham

In case you do not need to (or cannot) run Home windows 11 in your PC, the excellent news is that Microsoft shall be offering no less than just a few app updates to Home windows 10 to maintain it feeling helpful. A type of app updates is Home windows 11’s revamped Microsoft Retailer, which is now available to Windows 10 users in the Release Preview Insider channel.

The brand new Microsoft Retailer is not dramatically totally different from the previous one in its design, although just a few of the adjustments are clear enhancements—viewing your app library and grabbing updates for the apps you have already got put in occurs on the identical display screen now, which is helpful. However the true cause to put in it’s its dramatically improved app choice. Microsoft has loosened the foundations for the sorts of apps that may be submitted to and downloaded from the shop, and apps like Zoom, Discord, the VLC Participant, Adobe Reader, the LibreOffice suite, and even the Epic Video games Retailer are all obtainable to obtain by way of the shop. As soon as put in, the apps look and work the identical approach because the standalone variations.

Not all the pieces in Home windows 11’s app retailer will make it to Home windows 10. The shop model of the Home windows Subsystem for Linux is not obtainable in Home windows 10, neither is the Amazon Appstore or its underlying Home windows Subsystem for Android. However for normal customers, the expanded number of really helpful apps could make establishing a brand new PC a bit simpler and should assist folks keep away from paying for scammy third-party app purchasers which have stepped in to fill the vacuum left by the absence of official apps.

The brand new Microsoft Retailer shall be obtainable to all Home windows 10 customers “soon,” in accordance with Microsoft Retailer Principal Architect Rudy Huyn. Home windows 10 21H2, the working system’s subsequent servicing replace, can be slated for launch subsequent month (although working Home windows 21H2 is not a prerequisite for working the brand new retailer app).

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