Microsoft has released a new web version of its app store for Windows. Links from the website open in the Microsoft Store client on Windows 10 or Windows 11, and it is intended to replace the current method of finding Windows software on the internet.
Using Shoelace, Lit, Vite, and a C# ASPNET backend, the software giant has replaced the outdated React codebase from its prior web version of the Microsoft Store.
According to Microsoft engineer Judah Gabriel in a post on X (previously Twitter), “The old site was a React codebase built on an out-of-date UI framework.”” With an intelligently designed UI, simpler ways to find new apps, and a cutting-edge web tech stack, we developed a brand-new user experience. I’m hoping people will find it helpful.
The main Microsoft Shop app on Windows can now be used to download Xbox PC games or Windows programs via the newly rebuilt web shop. However, it won’t take the place of the primary Microsoft Store app. Think of this as the web version of the Windows app store. It works with the regular Microsoft Store app on your computer
Microsoft may find this new online interface beneficial as it attempts to market its apps and games outside of Windows. Ahead of firms like Apple and Google being compelled to open up their mobile app shops, Xbox chief Phil Spencer stated earlier this year that Microsoft is developing an Xbox mobile game store.
Because of the EU’s Digital Markets Act, Microsoft’s Xbox mobile game store could debut as early as 2024. It will require a web interface of some kind in order to be found in search results and links on social media platforms.