Microsoft is refreshing its PC app store

Big moves from the software giant

Microsoft is refreshing its PC app store

According to a new report from Windows Central, Microsoft is planning to redesign its app store for Windows 10.

Key takeaways from the report detail vastly improved UI and substantial policy changes for game developers, making the process 'more open to both end users and developers'.

According to Windows Central's sources, three notable changes that hope to streamline efforts for developers include:

  • Allowing developers to submit unpackaged Win32 apps to the Store

  • Allowing developers to host apps and updates on their own content delivery network (CDN)

  • Alllowing developers to use third-party commerce platforms in apps

In theory these changes should help combat the less than ideal and in some cases outright buggy mess that installing games from the current Windows app store can carry.

Another area many users are hoping for improvements is in the backend server response. Currently, downloading larger titles from Microsoft's severs can be painfully slow, however this is something the company could quite easily amend with better infrastructure.

We recently wrote about the costs Epic Games has taken in attempts to penetrate the PC storefront market. Obviously both Microsoft and Epic have the bankroll to try to take on Steam - who dominates the market - but only time will tell if gamers are open to having multiple storefronts and the many intricacies that come with it.