Microsoft is building a new store for Windows 10 from the ground up while changing the guidelines.
Microsoft is building a new store for Windows 10. Among other things, it will have a completely new user interface. It is planned that the store will continue to be used as a UWP (Universal Windows Platform) app and receive monthly updates and new features. In addition, the user experience should be smoother and the new store should run significantly more stable when downloading and installing large applications such as games.
There are also three big changes to the store’s developer guidelines:
- Developers get the opportunity to submit unpacked Win32 apps to the store
- Developers are allowed to host apps and updates on their own content delivery network (CDN)
- Developers are allowed to use third-party trading platforms in apps
Thanks to these changes, developers will be able to bring their Win32 apps to the new store without any changes to the existing code. In the p ast, developers had to package their Win32 apps as MSIX and were forced to use Microsoft’s own store-controlled update and trading platforms. This will become obsolete with the new store. Microsoft will allow pure EXE or MSI files to be brought into the store in the future. This makes it easier for developers to keep their programs up to date, as they can easily publish their updates via their own CDN.
Ultimately, Microsoft will allow developers to use their own in-app sales and thus completely bypass Microsoft’s own commerce platform. According to WindowsCentral, Microsoft does not want any share or fees from app developers who use their own in-app commerce channel.
These numerous new store guidelines will make it easier for all developers to sell their own apps via the Windows Store and to keep them up-to-date in the future. The future will show whether programs like Google Chrome or Adobe Creative Cloud will now find their way into the store.