The new Microsoft Store on Windows 11 is already developing extremely promisingly. An early build of the new OS has only been available to insiders since 28 June, but the Store has seen several new software additions since then.
Microsoft’s new attitude to the Store wasn’t one of the headline announcements at its Windows 11 event, but it could prove significant. The company is making it easier for third-party developers to distribute their apps on the Microsoft Store, by removing the previous UWP (Universal Windows Platform) requirement and allowing software that uses Win32 installers.
The best apps and entertainment for your Windows device
Whether you use a desktop PC, a tablet or one of our new Surface devices, the Microsoft Store connects you with experiences that help you do more of what you love. With a newly expanded catalog of apps, games, movies and TV series, the redesigned Microsoft Store is ready for you – with content that’s tested for security, family safety and device compatibility. Here’s some ideas to get started, if you’re using the new Microsoft Store:
Looking for the latest in entertainment? Stream movies and TV on Disney+, Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, Hulu, Pluto TV, Paramount+ or SlingTV.
Are you a social type? Connect with others using apps like Discord, Reddit, Facebook, Messenger, Zoom Cloud Meetings, Twitter or Telegram.
Feeling creative? Grab a pen (or just touch) and explore Bamboo Paper, Corel Painter, Concepts or Affinity Designer.
Ready to work? You will find Microsoft 365 apps like Word, Excel and PowerPoint in the Microsoft Store, alongside third-party productivity and utility apps like Canva, Acrobat Reader DC, LibreOffice and WinZip.
Want to customize your PC? Check out popular utilities like PowerToys, EarTrumpet or Lively Wallpaper.
Built for gaming
Gaming has always been fundamental to Windows, and the new Microsoft Store will connect you to the full diversity of games in our ecosystem. Along with a bevy of casual games (such as Candy Crush Soda Saga and Microsoft Solitaire Collection), and classics like Minecraft, we’ve built a seamless bridge to the Xbox App where gamers will find easy access to community and an extensive selection of more than 100 stellar PC games that are available with Xbox Game Pass – from Microsoft Flight Simulator to Sea of Thieves. In fact, this October kicks off an incredible season for PC gaming, with launches including Age of Empires IV on Oct. 28, Forza Horizon 5 on Nov. 9 and Halo Infinite on Dec. 8. All three games will be available to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and Xbox Game Pass for PC members on day one. And keeping to Microsoft Store’s mission to connect you with all the experiences that matter, Windows 11 users can also find third-party storefronts, like the Epic Games Store, inside the Microsoft Store.
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