The Microsoft Store is reportedly being overhauled for Windows 10 revamp

midian182

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Rumor mill: For all that Windows 10 has improved over the years, the operating system’s Microsoft Store remains an unlovable experience. However, according to a new report, the Redmond firm is reportedly planning to overhaul its app store in the hope of making it one of Windows 10’s best, rather than worst, elements.

According to a report by Windows Central, the Microsoft Store will get the same design revamp as the rest of the Windows 10 UI, codenamed “Sun Valley,” which is expected to land this fall. The reimagined store will continue to be a Universal Windows Platform (UWP) application and keep receiving monthly updates that offer new features and improvements.

Some of the graphical alterations include a new layout, interface, icons, and animations. It’s also said to offer more stability when downloading large games, which can be a pain, as anyone who's installed the likes of Gears 5 (114.6GB) will attest to. But the biggest changes are behind the scenes.

With the new store, developers can submit unpackaged Win32 apps to the store instead of converting them to the MSIX package format. This should make everything from organizing game folders to enabling mods a lot easier.

Additionally, devs can host apps and push out updates using their own content delivery network instead of using Microsoft’s store updates, giving them more control over the type of content users receive and when it arrives.

Finally, and the point that is likely to be most appealing to game makers, developers will be allowed to use their own commerce platforms rather than Microsoft’s—the same issue that led to the Apple vs. Epic Games lawsuit. Interestingly, Microsoft will reportedly not take a cut from devs who use their own in-app commerce platforms, which would be a first for the industry.

Windows Central reports that Microsoft will make popular first-party programs available through its store to introduce the launch of this revamped version. This includes Microsoft Office, Teams, Edge and Visual Studio, which currently have their own delivery platforms.

Some of the company’s plans could change between now and the arrival of Sun Valley, but a Microsoft Store that isn’t a pain to use certainly sounds enticing.

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m4a4

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I hope they actually put out a competent store.

And then I hope the whole "playing nice with publishers" part mentioned in the last few paragraphs doesn't have any hidden strings attached.
MS has been relatively consumer friendly over the last few years (especially compared to other big techs), I hope the trend continues...
 

envirovore

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Here's hoping it makes it a bit more clear about dlc content for games.
Forza Horizon 4 Ultimate is a mess when it comes to their store listing, so many individual downloads.

The ability to mod games purchased from the MS store would be nice too, or even allow OBS or RivaTuner to hook them.
I can understand why modding/access to and hooking by various programs isn't allowed for MS Store bought games, but damn if it isn't inconvenient.

/Let me back up my save files locally dammit!
 

terzaerian

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As the saying goes, "fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me." Microsoft is a company that fooled me for a very long time before showing its true colors in the Windows 8 era. Core Windows is the one product of theirs I will continue to tolerate to use, every worthless addon, be it OneDrive or the Store or Xbox or whatever, is unwelcome baggage to be ejected at the first opportunity.
 

Apogee777

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As the saying goes, "fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me." Microsoft is a company that fooled me for a very long time before showing its true colors in the Windows 8 era. Core Windows is the one product of theirs I will continue to tolerate to use, every worthless addon, be it OneDrive or the Store or Xbox or whatever, is unwelcome baggage to be ejected at the first opportunity.
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