Whereas previously apps were added to the store on a first-come, first-served basis after manual verification, now any developer can upload their Win32 app to the Microsoft Store. In addition, it will be possible to change the visibility of applications and access analytics, notes a Microsoft blog.
And to promote such applications, you can use the Microsoft Advertising platform. This will be available to registered developers who have at least one published application.
Another announced innovation in the Microsoft Store is the automatic restoration of previously downloaded applications. For example, if a person plans to switch to a new computer with Windows 11, then he will not have to reinstall the previously downloaded programs – this will be done automatically.
All this became known at the Microsoft Build 2022 developer conference, which runs from May 24 to 26. In addition to improvements to the Microsoft Store, there are several other changes that the company announced on the first day of the event.
For example, Windows 11 will soon support third-party widgets. The company promises to implement such an opportunity by the end of 2022: the Microsoft Adaptive Cards platform will be used, and developers will be able to offer their widgets for Win32 and PWA applications.
The Microsoft team also spoke about a number of program changes. For example, the OneNote application will be updated visually, a number of new tools will also be added, and text dictation and page sorting functions will be supported. And in Microsoft Teams, the Live Share feature will be implemented, which will allow teams to collaborate in real time.
Of course, these are not all the upcoming changes, and you can find out more about other Microsoft ideas in a special blog section dedicated to the conference.