Windows Store, if you have been a Windows 10 user you at some point in time you must have come across it. Maybe you liked it or maybe you did not. Windows Store is an integral part of my Windows 10 diet, I get most of my apps via Windows Store and I prefer it over the internet downloads. You might be thinking I am stupid. Well, I am here to tell you that you might want to get your apps and softwares via Windows Store rather than via external installers, be it .msi or another way. Windows Store is not perfect. Actually, it is far from perfect but, it gets the job done and it is the future (or maybe not) and Windows Store has improved overtime.

If you are a Windows user you most probably have noticed that the system’s performance degrades over time and it is not the same as it was when you first installed Windows, the reason are the Win32 softwares which most users download and install from the internet or other sources. Over time these softwares slow down your system. Normal Joe will download various softwares from internet and install without giving it a second thought and this behavior contributes to slowing system down over time. Those softwares, including Microsoft’s own, leave a huge footprint on your system and slow it down over time.

So why should you choose Windows Store?

First, it’s verified for security and performance and then when it’s downloaded to your device it runs in a safe sandbox to ensure that the execution of the application doesn’t impact the overall performance of the system over time, unlike the Win32 Desktop applications downloaded from the internet or other sources. Apps downloaded from Windows Store do not modify the system register and can be uninstalled with one-click, with no left out DLL, files unlike others. When you download any softwares via Windows Store, you get automatic updates and you do not have to worry about it. Also, the updates are differential updates, which means that you will not have to download the entire application again but only the updated bits.

Previously, I mentioned that I get most of my apps via Windows Store and if I look at the list of installed app, then I find that the only Win32 Desktop applications I installed are Adobe Creative Cloud, AMD Settings, family of Visual Studio, and Office 2016. All other applications are from Windows Store, be it: amazing Audio Control app EarTrumpet, notepad replacement Appy Text, VLC (UWP version), Character Map (UWP version), YouTube client myTube, Reddit client Readit, Skype, Tweet It! For Windows, Twitter, Instagram, Arduino IDE, torrent client Torrex, WinRAR replacement 8 zip and many more. Few days ago, when I went to Download Arduino IDE, I was surprised to find out that I was redirected to Windows Store to get it and it’s amazing! You can even get full Desktop Office 365 apps via Windows Store, thanks to Project Centennial. Many Win32 Desktop applications are in Windows Store with more to come, so you might want to get those Win32 Desktop apps via Windows Store rather than download the installer from internet. Adobe Photoshop Elements, Spotify, Autodesk Sketchbook are some of the examples. Even freaking iTunes is coming to Windows Store. Yes, you heard it right. iTunes!

Some daily-use apps you might want to check out in Windows Store

Finally, let’s talk about some of the issues with Windows Store. It can be a mess sometimes. Finding quality apps can be hard if you do not know what you are looking for. App discovery is a big issue. Windows Store has many amazing apps but finding them can sometime be like finding a needle in a haystack. Even though with all these problems, which I wish were fixed, Windows Store is a great place to get your apps and softwares. Next time you are looking for an app or a software, try Windows Store first, you’ll find some real gems there.

You can even contact me @RipleyWopr, and maybe I can help you find that needle in the haystack!

 

He & Visual Studio are BBFs. To him C# isn't a language, it's a lifestyle. His XAML tattoo is faded. He is also a Microsoft Certified Professional.

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