It’s no secret that Windows Store has an app problem. In fact, the famous “app gap” was one of the reasons for Windows Phone’s demise. In the days of Windows 10 Mobile, many developers ignored their code for Windows Store to focus on popular mobile stores like Play Store or Apple Store.
In an effort to hide embarrassment, Microsoft has removed the “last updated” date from the Microsoft Store on all Windows devices. It was virtually impossible to tell when the latest version of a specific app was published in the Microsoft Store. Users even relied on random Twitter handles to track app updates in Store.
Microsoft made this change without acknowledging it on a public platform and it is widely believed that the tech giant wanted to hide the fact that many apps in the Store were updated a long time ago. These theories certainly make sense, especially considering that apps in the Windows Store were more or less outdated compared to Android.
Needless to say, the practice violated Microsoft’s own transparency policy and the company has finally taken a step toward restoring the “last updated date.”
As we reported recently, Microsoft has started rolling out its new web store to users on both Windows 10 and Windows 11.
Today, Microsoft published another server-side change that restores the “last updated” section, which finally reveals when apps have been updated. While it may not be a useful change for many users, it is still an important and necessary ‘transparency’ feature for some people.
This can also encourage developers interested in the Store to keep their apps up to date and will also help users determine if an app is well maintained by the developer before making a purchase.
A look at the new Windows Store for the web
As mentioned at the beginning, there is a new design for the Windows web store.
If you don’t have access to the native app store on your desktop, you can always look up an app in the web store.
Microsoft’s web store has been updated with a fresh look, a new design that aligns with Windows 11’s Fluent approach. This new web store matches Windows 11’s native app store and also comes with new categories to facilitate browsing of apps. and make games easier.
In the webshop you will find all well-known apps, such as Notepad and Office. In addition, Microsoft’s updated app store for the web also indexes desktop Win32 apps.
You can click the ‘install’ button to directly install the app through a new Store popup, which eliminates the need to manually open the native store.