Aside from the new functions that Windows 11 offers, one of the adjustments that Microsoft is working on is the new Microsoft Store. The store will also bring new features, including the possibility of integrating third-party stores. Said and done, Microsoft has announced Amazon and Epic as the first to be part of the Microsoft Store.
The integration of third-party stores means that their apps and games will be available in the Microsoft Store for direct and convenient installation. And, perhaps even more importantly, users will know that the applications are safe.
Microsoft Store is now open to third parties
The first two stores to be part of the Microsoft Store are Amazon and Epic. Amazon, in a way, was already known to be part of the Microsoft Store, as it is the one that will provide the Android apps that Windows 11 allows installing. According to Microsoft, the integration will come in the upcoming months, and the apps will be available in the store like any other app.
Epic, for its part, should not be a surprise, Tim Sweeney already showed his interest in the upcoming version on Twitter.
However, Microsoft does not want to stop there and invites other stores to the store too. The best thing is that each business or app may keep its existing payment methods, and Microsoft will be paid only for the games. Microsoft will cut a 12% commission from each video game.
Microsoft’s effort to build an app catalog comes from years ago
Microsoft has been trying to build a popular app catalog for years. That might even have caused the end of Windows Phones. Bringing developers to the store is not easy, although perhaps this new strategy will work out for Microsoft.
Of course, they have had to give up a lot in terms of commissions and control. As a result, the Microsoft Store already has great apps such as Discord, TeamViewer, Visual Studio Code, or Zoom. There will also be progressive web applications of popular apps such as Reddit, Wikipedia, or TikTok in the store.