Microsoft launches new look for Windows Store

Even though Microsoft launched Windows 8.1 Update 1 in April, the company decided to wait until today to launch a major refresh for the operating system's Windows Store. That redesign is rolling out now and adds some features designed to make finding apps in the store easier for users.

Microsoft goes over the changes in a post on the Windows Experience blog. The biggest change is a persistent navigation bar on top of the Windows Store. It gives users quick access to items like app categories, sales charts for free and paid apps, app collections and the user's account.

Speaking of collections, that's also a new feature inside the Windows Store. Users can now find apps grouped in different categories such as "Getting started", "Music lovers" and more. The collections section is where users can find the apps that Microsoft has marked down for the week in their Red Stripe Deals section.

Finally, the Windows Store now shows off which Windows 8/8.1 apps have counterparts on Windows Phone, so users who own devices with both operating systems can purchase once and get the app on both platforms.

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I like this new look, clean and gives me an idea of how to skin my app for business that I'm rewriting from a Win32 to WinRT

At least each revision is an improvement. I haven't used it yet doing updates now, but it seems like going for the square look instead of the wide look for the images with each app. Much better, can fit more, less scrolling.

Actually the apps have greatly improved. I use various apps on the daily because it's faster than having to go the browser. Plus notifications and live tiles are wins (which yes I know websites can have them too).

This is soooooooooo much better.

I hope they are gonna update all their other stock and bing apps too now with this new layout. It looks great and performs even better!

Yeah the Bing apps already have a top bar since 8.1 but they should make that bar look like this (for consistency and the enhanced functionality) and leave it visible on a classic desktop.

All in all I think it it is great that they created this innovative new UI element called menu bar. It is really revolutionary. Something we never had /s

I like the vertical icon menu underneath the back button. The less empty space there is and the more symmetric the layout the better. It'd be nice if the store icon lined with the back button vertical menu.

Better.

the Windows Store now shows off which Windows 8/8.1 apps have counterparts on Windows Phone

Incidentally that's something long overdue for Apple to do.

Groundbreaking feature : a menu bar ! After years of research, Microsoft concluded that UI elements that are displayed to the user are more .... discoverable ... than *hidden* menus.

I remember when Apple changed their buttons to circles as they had researched that this was better and more comfortable for the eyes, and all a-fans ate it with dish and all.

Having said that, I like the fact that they experiment. I quite like this new layout and I think it could be a good evolution of the metro design language

dopydope said,
Groundbreaking feature : a menu bar ! After years of research, Microsoft concluded that UI elements that are displayed to the user are more .... discoverable ... than *hidden* menus.

I don't see why you have to make a sarcastic comment like that. Certain elements are hidden still and rightfully so. They just made improvements based on usability studies and the older the store gets the more metrics they get to further improve.

j2006 said,

I don't see why you have to make a sarcastic comment like that. Certain elements are hidden still and rightfully so. They just made improvements based on usability studies and the older the store gets the more metrics they get to further improve.

Because so many people were rightfully shocked at the lack of usability of the initial release on windows 8 & apps. For a company that has made software for more than 30 years it was quite a poor show.

Jarrichvdv said,

I will never understand these kind of comments.

This is what I hate about Neowin's community sometimes, comments that attack another. I was just stating what I did and conveniently it pops up on the front page, it seems they do not read their forums.

ians18 said,

This is what I hate about Neowin's community sometimes, comments that attack another. I was just stating what I did and conveniently it pops up on the front page, it seems they do not read their forums.


Djeezes dude; why so over-sensitive.

ians18 said,
I did post this in the forums, you know?

A lot of other people post in the forums and Neowin has a limited staff with limited amount of time on their hands, you know?