Windows Store Apps will receive updates automatically in Windows Blue

Windows 8 introduced the Windows Store which gave its users a central hub to download applications and to keep them updated with only a few taps to initiate the updates but it was a manual process. One of the heavily requested features was to allow the apps to be automatically updated, which will arrive with Windows Blue.

The feature is simple, by turning the toggle you see above to on, your Apps will always be updated with automatic downloads. While not a ground-breaking feature by any means, it’s a bit of spit and polish that will help to improve the end user experience of the Start screen.

Windows Blue will certainly be bringing many consumer friendly features to the platform and will be a welcomed update to the platform when it arrives which could happen as early as this summer.

Thanks for the tip @windows4live

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"Windows 8 introduced the Windows Store which gave its users a central hub to download applications..."

Finally, someone used the word "application" instead of "app". I am very proud.

If I were to turn on automatic installation of updates, I would want some kind of indication on the tile which tells me it has recently changed.

Seeing an update for an app, often makes me take a look at an app I haven't opened in some time.

I would want my apps to update automatically, but I'd also want to be alerted when they are so that I can check the release notes.

articuno1au said,
They already do..

There's an option in the store settings to turn it on and off..

By default they are set to auto update..


No, that just downloads the app but doesn't install it. Dumb behavior if you ask me (especially since it's worded very poorly, making you think it's updating apps when it's not)

They automatically apply on my end >.>

I had to turn it off because it was installing things without me seeing what was being updated >.>

Anyone care to confirm?

EDIT::
They apply automatically when I open the app, which might be the difference?

Edited by articuno1au, Mar 25 2013, 7:47pm :

articuno1au said,
They automatically apply on my end >.>

I had to turn it off because it was installing things without me seeing what was being updated >.>

Anyone care to confirm?

EDIT::
They apply automatically when I open the app, which might be the difference?

No, in Windows 8, app updates must always be installed by the user. They'll be downloaded automatically if you have the option enabled (when on AC, non-metered network, etc) but not installed until you go to the Store app and tell it to do so.