You can finally use Windows 11’s Microsoft Store on your web browser

If you can’t access your PC, but want to find an app from the revamped version Microsoft Store in Windows 11a new web version can help solve this dilemma.

Whereas you could previously access the Microsoft Store on the web, this New version has a new look and categories that mirror the Windows 11 release, which should make it easier to navigate apps and download web extensions.

It features the same design as other Windows 11 apps, such as Painting and Windows Media Playerand having a familiar-looking Microsoft Store on the web makes it easier to find apps when you can’t reach your laptop or PC.

It also highlights the belated need for Apple to do the same for remotely accessing the App Store through a web browser, an area that Apple struggles to compete with compared to Microsoft and Google.

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By browsing the Microsoft Store on a MacBook Going through Safari is a simple affair – you can search and browse categories that are on a sidebar on the left, and when you select an app, you can view its description, user reviews and even see screenshots.

It’s another Microsoft effort that deserves praise, especially given how a previous version of the Microsoft Store was riddled with spammy apps and a search bar that couldn’t actually search.

While it would be welcome to be able to remotely download apps from this web version (as Google allows with the Google Play Store), it’s a good start regardless, and also shows how Apple could take some hints from Microsoft for its own App Store.

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TikTok page on the Apple App Store in a web browser

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To take this TikTok app page on the App Store for example. Although it mimics the App Store when you browse it on an iPhone or iPad, there’s no way to get to the Store’s home page or see graphs of what’s been purchased and downloaded for free.

You could go to this Categories page, but it’s been discontinued for so long that it still says “iTunes” at the top of the page. Whereas Apple hasn’t used the “iTunes” name since 2019 with the launch of the Music app in macOS Big Surit’s definitely time for the page to see an update.

Being able to browse the App Store freely on a web browser can be appealing to many, especially if you can queue up a download to send to your Mac or iPhone.

But maybe for starters, Apple should at least make it so you can browse the App Store remotely using a web browser and provide a similar experience to what users would have when using their Apple device.

Via Windows Latest

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