unplugged

Ask the Readers: How Often do you Use the Microsoft Store in Windows 10?

microsoft-store-feature-450

Microsoft wants you to use the Microsoft Store in Windows 10, and the company is always revising what it offers, but how much do you really use it?

As you know, Windows 10 has its own store that contains thousands of free and paid apps and games as well as other media content. Just like with macOS, this was a notable feature of Windows 10 when it was originally released in 2015. But when it was first launched, there weren’t many apps, and the company had difficulty in convincing developers to create for it. And consumers have opted to get digital media from other services like Netflix, Amazon, and Spotify. But over time, the store has been revised to include new sections and a healthy amount of apps. However, other than a few “essential” apps and games, how much do you use it?

Windows 10 Microsoft Store

Over time, the company has added new features to the Microsoft Store – some good and some not so great. For example, a great new feature is remote installation of apps to multiple PCs. On the other hand, it introduced auto-play promo videos to an app’s description page which isn’t a benefit for users on a slow or limited connection. And it’s generally annoying for most people. You can, by the way, turn Microsoft Store autoplay off which is something I do on all my Windows 10 machines.

And the company has been adding new sections in the Windows Store. For example, over a year ago it added an eBook Store and a section for Microsoft Edge extensions. More recently, it added a new Devices section where you can shop for Microsoft hardware like Surface computers, Xbox accessories, the Cortana powered Invoke smart speaker and other items. More Xbox games and popular apps like iTunes and Spotify have also seen there way in.

While there have been some interesting new additions to the store, there has also been things removed, most notably the Music section. It was removed earlier this year when Microsoft killed its Groove Music Pass streaming service. Right now you get all movies and TV shows from the store, although, unless Microsoft joins up with Movies Anywhere, like its music service, I am not sure how long that will be around. It’s also worth noting that for traditional free and Open Source software, nothing compares to Ninite for getting those apps completely crapware-free.

So, how much do you find yourself in the Microsoft Store on Windows 10? If you’re a gamer, the store is probably something you use quite a bit as it has tons of different games, including the most important Xbox titles. But other than games and the occasional apps like Office 365, Spotify, or Netflix, how often do you really use it? Leave a comment below and let us know your thoughts.


15 Comments

15 Comments

  1. J. R. Breisch  

    I never use the store.

  2. Chris Strijbos  

    I never use the store.
    It is easier to buy things locally in a “real” store.

  3. Sonjia  

    Never use the store. Don’t need any new apps. I’m happy with just the few I’ve got.

  4. Very rarely I see some software (freeware) I might like but if it’s in the Windows store, I skip it as I haven’t signed up for that yet. I did go to some Android store once to get some freeware which I think I’ve already deleted as I didn’t use it. Maybe one day the stores will be useful to me.

  5. For me, I’d say 15% of “my” apps come from the Microsoft store however, my kids use it 100% for all the apps/games they use (or should I say pollute my PC with). For them, it’s a lot like the App store on their iPad’s so it’s very natural for them to use it.

    For me, as more of my primary apps move into the MS Store, I’ll use it more and more. It’s great for keeping apps updated.

  6. leh  

    Never use it. Remove the icon from the task bar. Too many other options. MS was late to the party.

  7. Bill  

    Never.

  8. Daniel Main  

    I used it once and the app i got caused problems with my computer hardware. I do not think I will use it again.

  9. Graham  

    Never use it

  10. Ziggy  

    Rarely – simple as that! On the rare times I’ve used an app from the store, it gets uninstalled quicker that the time I installed the app.

    • Me  

      Same for me, I find it useless

  11. Byron Prinzmetal  

    Never, never never

  12. Susan  

    I have Office 365, period, but am going to migrate to Linux within the year because I *hate* MS and Apple trying to push their Apps Stores and popping ads, even with ad blocers.

  13. And don’t forget, Ninite is a boss for installing free and Open Source traditional desktop software without any crapware:
    https://www.groovypost.com/howto/ninite-best-way-install-free-open-source-software-without-crapware/

  14. Samantha  

    Rarely as well. There are a few I need.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

 

To Top