Windows 11’s Microsoft Store Allows You To Install Free Apps By Searching For Them

Rithika Biswas
Rithika Biswas March 31, 2023
Updated 2023/04/03 at 4:51 PM

Microsoft has issued a new build of Windows 11 to Testers in the Canary channel, bringing with it a slew of changes, including a few tweaks to the Microsoft Store. It is now possible to install free games and apps from the Microsoft Store immediately from results pages, without having to open a product page, thanks to this update. However, there are a few more enhancements.

As previously stated, one of the most significant changes in this edition is the ability to download apps from the Microsoft Store without first opening the product page. When you run a search within the Store, you can now hover over an app in the search results to see an install button, allowing you to install the apps you need faster. Nevertheless, it is not the only enhancement to the Microsoft Store in this version. Microsoft has also revamped the paid app purchase screen to be more consistent with the Windows 11 design language. Similarly, the user interface for rating and reviewing programmes from within the app has been updated to fit the Windows 11 aesthetic.

How to Use the Microsoft Store in Windows 11 | PCMag

Wheel settings have been redesigned. The only other significant change with this edition is the addition of wheel-like devices such as the Surface Dial, which provide particular onscreen commands. Microsoft has revamped the Wheel page in the Settings app (under Bluetooth & devices), bringing it more in line with the overall style of the app and Windows 11.

The majority of the remaining modifications are minor, but they will undoubtedly be appreciated by some people. To begin, the Print Screen button on the keyboard now launches the Snipping Tool app by default, as seen last week in the Dev channel. You may still turn it off in the Settings app.

Microsoft has made it possible to uninstall the Camera app included with Windows 11, but smaller improvements include the ability to minimize the progress window for BitLocker encryption, the ability for text scaling settings to apply to Remote Desktop sessions, and a change for Windows Sandbox. The Canary channel also doesn’t include known issues or bug fixes, so it’s recommended to join it as these changes may come to other channels soon after they debut.


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