Chapter 3

Navigating the Microsoft Store


check Getting the lowdown on Microsoft Store apps

check Exploring the Microsoft Store

check Updating your Store accounts and preferences

If you’re familiar with buying programs in the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store, you already know about 90 percent of the procedures you’ll find in the Microsoft Store.

askwoody That said, the selection, breadth, and quality of programs are considerably better in either the App Store or the Play Store. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but developers these days go for iOS apps and Android apps long, long before they think about Windows. Whether that will change anytime soon remains to be seen. Microsoft’s working on it, but they’ve been working on it for years.

The reason’s simple: money. There are large fortunes to be made with cool apps in the App Store and the Play Store. There’s also a reasonable amount of money in apps that are designed to run in Facebook and, increasingly, apps that run on the Internet (see the "Progressive Web Apps" sidebar). But the Microsoft Store is less than a backwater when ...

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