On the Fire Hose blog at Microsoft on Wednesday, news around the upcoming Windows Phone refresh came out from Microsoft. They have been hinting since the Build conference about future changes to the Windows Store, but newly released details showcase the new store coming later this month.
The new Windows Store, which will be released on October 18th, the focus will be with consumers and developers in mind. New detail pages will give developers new ways to interact with consumers, and consumers will be able to give feedback to developers in all new ways.
Feedback And Gift Cards
One of the main focuses of the new refresh of the Windows Store for Windows 8.1 is about how developers and consumers can interact with each other. The feedback also includes those within Microsoft who will be able to see minute by minute feedback for the system from users and developers. The 360 degrees of consumer and developer focus are huge at Microsoft for this update.
Customers will also be able to use gift cards on the Windows Store, which should help in the upcoming holiday season. Gift cards are also used by businesses for their consumers, and will be enabled in the Windows Store for the first time in the Windows 8.1 refresh.
Over 100,000 Apps And Growing
As highlighted in the post, over 100,000 apps exist in the Windows Store now, The updates for XAML and WinJS will give developers and customers new apps to try and use. By helping integrate the Bing search system in the store, these apps should be easier to find, and that should please many to use the store.
Lastly, Microsoft will certify apps quicker than ever, with a 5 day max on apps to pass the initial certification process. Developers are encouraged to build for Windows 8.1, but Windows 8 apps will still be accepted to the app store. By doing this, Microsoft will get more apps up quicker and in consumers hands quicker.
These moves are great for Microsoft and its Windows Store. The Windows Store has been criticized by many, but this will make it easier to find apps, get them, and use them on Windows 8.1 soon.