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Microsoft Store awards highlight the best apps for Windows 11

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As Microsoft continues to bet big on its redesigned Windows Store, the tech giant has finished with the Best Apps Award for Windows 11 and Windows 10. The selections below reflect global results and the Best Apps list has been completed after evaluating user votes. .

The new Microsoft Store has been a hot topic of conversation since it launched alongside Windows 11. Microsoft is promoting the new Store as an all-in-one destination to find apps built with various frameworks, including XAML, Win32, and more.

The store is also home to Amazon Android apps and already has apps from the likes of Disney and WhatsApp. Another new initiative is Microsoft’s User Choice Store Awards. This is just one of the ways to honor the best desktop apps in the Windows 11 store.

These are the winners of the Windows Store App Awards

The picks below reflect global results, with Ookla’s ShareX and Speedtest winning in the utilities category.


The number two in this category is “Fluent Screen Recorder”, a XAML-UWP based modern app that allows you to record your screen with easy-to-use controls.

Smooth Screen Recorder

Here is a list of the finalists in this category:

  • Ffast – Two Factor Authenticator that supports TOTP
  • Fluent Screen Recorder – App to record your screen.
  • MyASUS – App to manage your ASUS device and contact company support when your device has problems. MyASUS also lets you manage your Wi-Fi settings, improve battery life, and more.
  • Screen Bits – Screen Recorder: This is a new screen recorder with both basic and advanced controls.
  • ShareX – ShareX is our favorite open source app to take screenshots, GIFs and more.
  • Speedtest from Ookla: a simple app to test the performance of your internet connection.
  • Torrex Lite – Torrent downloader.
  • Visa Photo Viewer: A modern alternative to the Photos app.
  • WiFi Analyzer: A new app to monitor and improve wireless connections.

File manager category

There are two winners in this category: Files and Rufus. While Files is a full-fledged UWP and a modern alternative to File Explorer, Rufus allows you to create Windows bootable installation media.

Files for Windows 11

Here is a list of the finalists in this category:

  • 8 Zip – A simple app to archive and extract compressed files.
  • Files App – A powerful file manager app. It comes with tab support, full dark mode, WinUI controls, rounded corners, and Mica.
  • HEIC to JPEG – A simple app to convert HEIC to JPEG.
  • IrfanView64 – This is a very fast, compact and innovative image viewer/converter for Windows.
  • Metro Commander – Yet another modern file manager for Windows.
  • Mp3tag – A powerful and easy-to-use app to modify audio file metadata such as ID3v1, ID3v2.3, ID3v2.4, iTunes MP4, WMA and more.
  • NanaZip – A third-party alternative to 7Zip with a modern interface and more.
  • A commander.
  • QuickLook – This app enables the macOS-like QuickView feature for Windows 11.
  • Rufus.
  • Shrestha Files Pro – A new and modern file manager.

Open platform category

This category is especially dedicated to open source projects. There are three winners in the Open Platform category: Auto Dark Mode, EarTrumpet and Modern Flyouts.

Auto Dark Mode is a simple app that automatically turns on dark mode based on your local time and EarTrumpet is a powerful open source replacement for volume mixer on Windows taskbar.

EarTrumpet for Windows 11

The third winner in this category is Modern Flyouts, our personal favorite.

Modern Flyouts
Modern Flyouts

While Windows 11 is the biggest Windows redesign ever, some elements of the interface remain outdated, and one such area is the flyouts.

Modern Flyouts is a simple app that replaces the little popups that appear when you adjust the volume or brightness with a modern look.

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