Microsoft wants Steam to be part of the new Windows 11 app store

One of the major innovations in Windows 11 is the redesigned app store, which Microsoft is trying to make it more user-friendly and developer-friendly. The Randmond giant will tightly integrate the service with the Amazon Appstore to give Windows 11 users access to Android apps. Microsoft also announced that it wants other software stores such as Steam and the Epic Games Store to be part of the revamped Windows App Store.

Panos Panay, Microsoft’s head of operating systems, says Windows already supports these third-party stores in many ways, and bringing them together in one place, such as the Microsoft Store, will make accessing the software they host even more convenient and intuitive. understandable. Users will have access to the bulk of the content they are interested in without having to install additional programs. Panay said he wants the Microsoft Store to be a place for Windows users to enter a search query and get the exact app or game they want.

While Microsoft supports the idea of ​​an open app store, there are some caveats. For example, the company will allow developers to keep 100 percent of the revenue from their products if they use alternative payment platforms. However, this rule does not apply to games. Also, it is unclear how the new policy will apply to third-party stores. For example, software from the Amazon Appstore will appear in the general list of programs in the Windows store, while still being listed in the Amazon store.

Considering all the pros and cons of Microsoft’s venture, integrating Windows with third-party software stores would certainly bring a number of benefits to users. For example, during the initial setup of the computer, there would be no need to search for and download installation files for most of the necessary games and programs that could simply be downloaded from the Windows store.

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