Windows Store refresh makes it easier to find apps

Last month, Microsoft released the Windows 8.1 Update at its Build developer conference in San Francisco. On Tuesday, the company released 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 device.

Persistent Navigation bar

Navigating the Windows Store previously required a finger-swipe or right-click. Now, the navigation bar presists on the Store for intuitive, fast access. But that doesn’t mean it’s cluttered. Because the navigation bar is now focused on to Top charts, Categories and collutions. You can still quickly access your Account information on the Account tab.

Collections

Microsoft has a team of experts who curate Collections to help users discover new apps. For example, there’s a Getting Started collection that pulls together some of the most downloaded and highest reated apps that new device owners might enjoy. There also are theme-based Collections for things like music, travel and sports. You can always find deals in the Red Stripe Deals collection, where six top apps and games are discounted at least 50% off each week. In addition to Collections being present on the persistent navigation bar (see above), several of these collections are front and center on the Store landing page.

Multiple Featured Titles at your fingertips (or mouse pointer)

Continuing the theme, the Windows Store team is always on the look-out for the best apps for users. Several of these are now together on the Store landing page and also on the Category pages. Also, over the next few dyas 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, so users don’t miss out on great deals.

Get once & download on all capable devices

App publishers can now choose to link their free Windows Desktop 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 so that if you buy the app once, you can get it across your Windows devices. This also applies to in-app purchases of durable items. Microsoft Studios, for example, is now publishing Halo: Spartan Assault in this way, meaning whether you buy an app from the Windows Desktop Store or Windows Phone Store , you can get the app for your other compatible Windows devices without having to pay again.

Launch

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

Source: Windows Experience Blog

 

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