Microsoft is rolling out a new update for the Windows 11 app store in the Dev Channel and it comes with a few new additions, including faster and better app updates.
Microsoft Store is not particularly popular or preferred in the Windows community compared to mobile app stores. The idea of downloading apps or games through app stores is common on Android or iOS. On the other hand, it’s something that desktop users don’t really bother using.
The store has been available to Windows users for some time and has gotten significantly better since the release of Windows 10. Starting with Windows 11, Microsoft is taking the Store to the next level by adding support for Win32 applications, web apps, and Android apps. (Amazon App Store).
The Windows 11 Store’s redesigned interface provides a quick and easy way to find, compare, install, and update apps. Whether you have a free or paid app, it’s possible to keep it up to date by checking for updates in the Microsoft Store. However, the Store update will likely fail if the app is open in the background.
In fact, Store is designed in such a way that it cannot determine whether the app is running in the background or not. Having the latest version of Store apps gives you access to the latest features and Microsoft is willing to improve this experience in Store soon.
For example, if you click the “Update” buttons in the Library of Store, Microsoft Store will immediately start downloading the latest versions, but will skip updates for apps you have opened. This reduces errors in the Store and prevents possible data loss.
It’s also worth noting that the same process applies to app updates if done through their respective app pages.
As part of the performance update, Microsoft is also improving the browsing experience, so you should expect pages to load faster than before.
Another new feature is support for improved Android integration. When you browse the web and come across a new app available in the Store, you will see a new popup with a link to the Android app available in the Microsoft Store. However, it depends on the compatibility of the device and the age rating.
ARM64 support finally comes to the Microsoft Store
Microsoft introduces native Arm64 support for the Store. This should result in faster and better performance when using the app store on Windows 11 ARM devices, such as the Surface Pro X.