A new design for the web version of the Microsoft Store is live. It has the Preview tag at the top indicating that it is still an experimental design.
Microsoft overhauled its Store app on PC when it released Windows 11 last year. It was a much needed change. I find myself using the Store app a lot more on Windows 11 than on Windows 10. The new design is quite good, easier to navigate and faster in performance compared to its predecessor. It’s not perfect, there’s always room for improvement.
New design for Microsoft Store on the web
Microsoft Store’s redesigned web interface, first spotted by FireCubeStudios. It resembles the design of the Store app on Windows 11. The sidebar on the left provides a better way to sift through the different categories of apps.
The website is accessible from this url. It has the same card-like interface for apps, screenshots in app listings, descriptions, and more. There’s also a new section for user reviews, and you can sort reviews by recency or usefulness.
The Microsoft Store on the web isn’t particularly useful, it always redirects you to its desktop program to download the apps you want. So it takes an extra click, but since the Store app’s interface isn’t particularly mouse-friendly, the web version turns out to be better. The latter facilitates the sharing of links to applications, since there are no restrictions that prevent us from using the context menu of the browser (except for the sidebar).
An article on Thurot’s blog points out that the web version shows the date an app was updated. On the other hand, the Microsoft Store application does not give us this data. It still lacks other useful information such as release notes, build numbers, and system requirements for apps. Another significant absentee from the reworked web version is the games section of the Store, which may be added in the future.
Microsoft must organize its Store application
All of these improvements are nice and welcome. But, let’s not forget the elephant in the room, the content available on the Store. I am not talking about the quality of the apps, but about the existence of many fake apps available on the Microsoft Store. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen sneaky apps on the storefront. Does Microsoft even care about this problem?
Not only do these deceptive apps violate the license, copyright of the programs they imitate, but they can be potentially dangerous i.e. malware. Some of these applications appear directly on the first page of search results. This will not only confuse the average user, but someone who doesn’t know about it may end up installing a fake app instead of the original one, as they couldn’t tell the difference between the two. Why? Because the apps name and/or icon were similar.
Some of these fake apps are also not free, you have to pay for these illegal programs. It’s really embarrassing, Microsoft needs to organize its store responsibly, checking every app before it’s allowed to be released, to protect its consumer base.