New Windows Store improvements revealed

The newly launched Windows 8 Release Preview also includes a new version of the Windows Store app download service. In a new post on the official Windows Store blog, Microsoft goes over some of the changes and new additions in the Windows Store for the Release Preview.

One change is the addition of a nav bav at the top of the Windows Store. This new addition lets users access the Home link as well as a link to a list of their Windows 8 Metro apps. There's also a new nav bar placed at the bottom of the screen when users download an app. The bar has buttons for pausing or cancelling an app download. There's also a new Share contract which lets users share information about apps to friends from inside any Windows 8 app.

Desktop apps listings are scheduled to show up inside the Windows Store for the first time today. You won't be able to download desktop apps directly from the Windows Store. Instead, the listing has a link to a third party download site. Still, this should give desktop apps for Windows 8 some more exposure.

Microsoft has also made some changes to the requirements for app developers who want to submit apps to the Windows Store. One big changes is that all Metro apps that are submitted to the Store must fully support touch input and fully support keyboard and mouse input.

Source: Windows Store blog | Images via Microsoft

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I just tried the store for the first time. I found it confusing and difficult to use. How do I search? Not a good first experience.

derekaw said,
I just tried the store for the first time. I found it confusing and difficult to use. How do I search? Not a good first experience.

you search in the store the same way you search in every other Metro app - open up the charms bar, select "Search", and start typing

Matthew_Thepc said,

you search in the store the same way you search in every other Metro app - open up the charms bar, select "Search", and start typing

How am I meant to know that? That is the problem. The operating system has a 'Charms' bar. Charms? really?

derekaw said,

How am I meant to know that? That is the problem. The operating system has a 'Charms' bar. Charms? really?


that's the whole reason that in the RTM they're going to have a built in tutorial if you sat someone who'd never touched a computer before in front of Windows 7 how would they know to click the big round button on the bottom left which has a flag on it?

Matthew_Thepc said,

that's the whole reason that in the RTM they're going to have a built in tutorial if you sat someone who'd never touched a computer before in front of Windows 7 how would they know to click the big round button on the bottom left which has a flag on it?

Why was there a Windows flag button?

nyolc8 said,

When you are in the Store, open Charm-bar, and click on Search

Yeah, that took me a bit to figure out at first - I love the idea of having a common integrated search function, but am still used to the way it's done in Win 7 and earlier. Win 8 is going to take some adjustment, that's for sure.

"all Metro apps that are submitted to the Store must fully support touch input and fully support keyboard and mouse input." im not a big fan of this. this really restricts multi touch programs/games because you cant multi touch with a mouse.

dafin0 said,
"all Metro apps that are submitted to the Store must fully support touch input and fully support keyboard and mouse input." im not a big fan of this. this really restricts multi touch programs/games because you cant multi touch with a mouse.

You don't need too. This means that apps in the store most support both methods of input, not just one or the other. If anything it allows anyone to use any app in the store either via multi touch or with a mouse and keyboard.

nytiger73 said,

You don't need too. This means that apps in the store most support both methods of input, not just one or the other. If anything it allows anyone to use any app in the store either via multi touch or with a mouse and keyboard.

not sure if i fully follow. how i read it is that the app must fully support both inputs types. but lets say you have a app that using multi touch... um a example would be in a game where you have to interact with a object at two different points at the same time. now that will work great with touch but with a mouse its not physically possible.

dafin0 said,

not sure if i fully follow. how i read it is that the app must fully support both inputs types. but lets say you have a app that using multi touch... um a example would be in a game where you have to interact with a object at two different points at the same time. now that will work great with touch but with a mouse its not physically possible.

Plug in two mice...

dafin0 said,

not sure if i fully follow. how i read it is that the app must fully support both inputs types. but lets say you have a app that using multi touch... um a example would be in a game where you have to interact with a object at two different points at the same time. now that will work great with touch but with a mouse its not physically possible.

Read the developer documentation. There are mouse/keyboard equivalents of the multi-touch gestures. That's what needs to be implemented.

x-byte said,
Still can't download apps from it.

Me neither. I could in previous releases, so I'm sure it's just something they're working on on the server side...

x-byte said,
Still can't download apps from it.

have you completely updated Windows? I couldn't either, but then I restarted a couple times and installed all the updates (Win+I -> Change PC Settings -> Windows Update) and it worked