The new Microsoft Store is now available for Windows Insiders as part of the first Windows 11 preview release, providing interested users with a closer look at the new operating system, which will be accessible to all users later this year. We anticipate that Windows 11 will be available on our PCs before the end of the year.
Microsoft stated at the event that the Windows 11 Store has been “redesigned from the ground up.” The entire design has been changed to include more responsive scrolling, and Microsoft has added additional content space. According to Microsoft executives, the user experience is basic, and HTML components have been removed.
The Microsoft Store front-end for Windows 10 is partially built-in HTML/CSS. For example, the product pages are totally HTML-based, which substantially slows down the experience, particularly when clicking on the “get” or “install” buttons. The main issue with the existing store is that it does not function correctly. Large downloads, for example, fail the majority of the time with error numbers that provide no reason.
According to Microsoft officials, with Windows 11, Microsoft will replace the current Store with a new Store developed in XAML/C# and entirely “UWP.” Fortunately, Store speed has greatly improved, and downloads no longer fail, as they previously did with medium to large-sized applications and games. Some unnamed sources have verified that downloading for major games will be faster.
Microsoft is also altering the Store business model with Windows 11. The firm wants as many developers as possible to create applications and games for its Microsoft Store app store. App creators may now utilize their own third-party commerce systems, and the Store is more open to all applications and games.
Windows Insiders may already download the newly designed Microsoft Store by manually upgrading the Store using the old Store app. While the Store has been rebuilt, some functionality, such as Amazon Appstore (Android app) integration, will not be available until later.
The firm also stated that Windows 10 customers would have the same Store experience later this year, and that Store quality will be greatly enhanced in the following months. For example, low-quality guides/tutorials will no longer appear in search results.