15 April 2021
Microsoft is reportedly revamping its Windows 10 app store. According to a report from Windows Central, Microsoft is making some changes to its app store to not only attract developers but also users.
Microsoft is reportedly working on a modern interface. The report doesn’t point out the exact design changes but does convey that it is going to be a new UI overhaul. Apart from this, Microsoft is also easing out submission policies for the developers so that more and more developers could join and deploy their apps to the app store.
The new Windows 10 app store will continue to host UWP (Universal Windows Platform) applications, despite the new changes. But that’s not a setback for the new joiners. Microsoft has already made sure of bridging this gap with the help of several projects. Take for instance the Project Centennial that helps developers to flock to Microsoft’s platform and publish their apps on the Windows 10 app store. This project was announced during Microsoft’s Build 2015 developer conference with an aim to help developers publish their .NET and Win32 desktop applications to the Windows Store.
It is believed the same project will be a key for many developers during this new traverse. The report further claims that Microsoft will allow unpackaged Win32 apps on the Windows 10 app store. Reportedly, Microsoft will also allow developers to host apps and updates on their own. Developers will also be allowed to use third-party commerce platforms in apps. The change will benefit developers with apps that have a built-in auto-update feature.
The report further claims that the new change in the submission policy also allows developers to use their own in-app revenue streams, bypassing Microsoft’s own commerce platform entirely.
Learning all the reported changes, it appears Microsoft wants to make the app store a comfortable place for developers so that they do not get any difficulty in publishing their apps.
Let’s see if all these changes attract more developers to join the app store. The report claims the new app store will go live this fall.