WIndows 8 introduced many new features that Windows had never had before and one of those was the Windows Store. Why not have a store, since everyone has one these days? The problem was execution. It was awful, especially the first version. You had to scroll horizontally, very little you could see on the main pages, etc. It improved some through Windows 8.1 but I believe most users either never used it or really didn’t like how it was done.
Enter Windows 10 with a re-design. Does it fix what was broken in Windows 10?
The initial screen has changed little since the beta became available, but that is to be understood as it isn’t ready for prime time. The main thing to look at here are the changes in functionality.
First off, you scroll vertically, not horizontally. This is a big improvement as it is more natural for most users to scroll this way on a computer. It is a simpler interface with just Apps and Games listed on the top and other categories below the featured apps section.
Categories have a view similar to what you see above for the Games, which does display more apps than were in the 8.1 store. In this version though categories aren’t that easy to find, though search is quite prominent. One you get into a sub-section of the main section, then a list appears on the left of those sub-sections. I wish it was easier to get to those sub-sections quicker.
The app views need a little more work, but they are more concise. There is too much white space on the top half and the screenshots are too far down the page. However since this is a work in progress these things may change – or will change if even feedback says it should and Microsoft listens.
That is a quick look at the new store. It is a work in progress so there will most likely be changes coming. Also, for example, settings is completely empty here, so there is more to update in the app. I like most of the direction it is heading, but the real question is will people use it. Adding desktop software to it would be a huge start to getting people to use it regularly. It is easier to use than searching the net for software, so if they add downloading desktop software from the store and not just “Metro” apps, it will be a big lift to increasing the use of it.