Windows Store refresh makes it easier to find apps

Windows Store refresh makes it easier to find apps

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Last month, we released the Windows 8.1 Update that delivered important refinements to the Windows 8 user experience. For people who like using the desktop, the Windows 8.1 Update added the ability for you to pin Windows Store apps to your taskbar and the Windows Store is pinned by default. Today, we are rolling out a new update which focuses on enhancements to the Windows Store that addresses customer feedback and makes it a lot easier to find the apps you want for your Windows PC or Tablet. I think you’re really going to enjoy these enhancements to the Windows Store.





Here is a quick rundown on the changes we’re releasing today for the Windows Store:

1. Persistent navigation bar with Top charts, Categories and Collections


Navigating the Windows Store previously required a finger-swipe or right-click. Now, the navigation bar persists on top of the Store for intuitive, fast access. But that doesn’t mean it’s cluttered. Customer feedback tells us that most people want to quickly see the chart-toppers, search by the top categories they’re interested in, or browse our curated Collections. Because of this, the navigation bar is now focused on to Top charts, Categories, and Collections. You can still quickly access your Account information.

2. Collections on the Store landing page


We have an entire team of experts who curate Collections that to help you discover new apps. For example, we have a Getting Started Collection that pulls together some of the most downloaded and highest rated apps that new devices owners are likely to enjoy. We also have theme-based Collections – think music, travel, sports, and so on. And you can always find great deals in our Red Stripe Deals Collection, where 6 top apps and games are discounted at least 50% off each week. Now in addition to Collections being present on the new persistent navigation bar, several of these Collections are front and center when you open the Store.

3. Multiple Featured titles at your fingertips (or mouse pointer)


Continuing the theme, the Store team is always on the look-out for the best apps for users. Several of these are now grouped together right on the Store landing page, and also on the Category pages. Also, over the next few days for titles that are currently on sale, you’ll start to see a strike-through of the original price with the sale price in red – no more missing out on great deals.

4. Get once & download on compatible Windows devices

App publishers can now choose to link their free Windows and Windows Phone apps, helping you to quickly identify and download the apps you love across your Windows devices. Similarly, publishers can also choose to link their paid apps such that if you buy the app once, you can get it across your Windows devices. This also applies to in-app purchase of durable items. Microsoft Studios, for example, is now publishing Halo: Spartan Assault in this way, meaning whether you buy from the Windows Store or Windows Phone Store first, you can get the app for your other compatible Windows devices without having to pay again. Pretty slick, huh? This is one of my favorite Store enhancements.


Look for this icon when purchasing to identify if you can get the app on all your compatible Windows devices without additional charge:


If you’ve already installed the Windows 8.1 Update, today’s Windows Store refresh should appear soon in Windows Update. For the majority of folks, you will receive the update automatically.

We think you’re going to like having faster, easier access to all the great apps and games in the Windows Store. After you’ve had the chance to check out these enhancements first-hand, leave a comment to tell us what you think.

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  • thank you

  • Comprei o CD do Windows 8 e estalei em minha maquina juntamente com o Office 2003 nao tive nenhum problema .

    mas veio a atualização automatica do Windows 8.1 e por meu espanto nao posso mas usar o Office 2003 pois o Word da problemas

    Gostaria de saber se alguem poderia me ajudar pois se nao der para usar o Office 2003 irei tirar o Windos 8.1 e voltar ao Windos 7 ou somente ao Windows 8

  • Thom
    31 Posts

    Nice update, even if it is starting to look more and more like a traditional Windows program rather than a modern app!

    One thing that I think confuses users in the UK is the term "Red Stripe Deals". To a Brit, Red Stripe is a beer. "Special Offers" would make more sense.

    Red Stripe made me think it was a 3rd party deal, rather than something endorsed/promoted by Microsoft itself. I missed out on loads of great deals because I never clicked on that link!

  • I hate to rain on the parade, but I still can't find certain apps *by name.*  O_O  Try it:  Go to the Windows Store App and search for "Metrotube" or "Hyper for Youtube."  I recommend these apps all the time, but no one can find them within the store app - even me!  

    One must do a search on Bing to find the app page in Internet Explorer that links back to the Windows Store App in order to get the download link.  That's a bunch of hoops to jump through.  Even searching from the Start Screen works.  If you ever search within the Windows Store App (which is logical and most people do), you won't find the app you are looking for most of the time.  

    I don't understand why some apps, when searched for by name, will not appear even in the suggestions drop-down.  It's frustrating.  It seems like such a simple thing.

    Does anyone else here have this issue?  I know I'm not the only one.  I posted something about it on the other day and several people had the same problem.

    P.S.:  I do like the UI changes in the app.  Thumbs up, devs!  :)


  • rehrmn
    0 Posts

    Please make an "All Xbox Games" collection.  The "Great Xbox Games" collection does not include all of the Xbox Games for Windows 8.1, such as Rocket Riot and ilomilo.  Thanks!

  • When updating my device today, and I can not enter my user with the function of PIN, not allowed to enter my user

  • stzeer6
    0 Posts

    I really like the look of the new of the store; however when I move my mouse to the top of the screen  mouse to access the new navigation bar I often end up triggering the app title bar  instead, which completely covers the navigation bar. This is really annoying. Maybe it would be better to move the navigation bar to the bottom of the screen. Controls at the bottom are more touch friendly for tablet users anyways.