Microsoft has revamped the web version of its app store for Windows, which includes new UI and an improved, easier process of app discovery.
The previous version of the web version of the Microsoft Store was formed on Microsoft’s old React codebase built on an “obsoleted UI framework,” according to Microsoft engineer Judah Gabriel. The current version, on the other hand, has replaced React codebase with Shoelace, Lit, Vite, and a C# ASPNET backend. These have accounted for a more efficient interface, easier ways to discover apps, and modern web tech stack.
Currently, when you search for a Windows app on the web, you will be directed to links from the site within the Microsoft Store client on Windows 10 or Windows 11. In the redesigned web version, you can search for and download both Windows apps and Xbox PC games, through the main Microsoft Store on Windows.
This update also aligns with Microsoft’s efforts to expand its apps and games beyond just Windows. It is reported that the company is building its own Xbox mobile gaming store, which could launch as early as next year.