PC users are leaving third party app stores. Care to guess why? The Windows Store. Once unpopular, and meant mostly for Windows phones, the service is maturing. More importantly, it is breaking new ground. Inclusion is the major theme that reviewers dig. iTunes and Google Play lack the synergy that Microsoft offers. Apps run smoother and media streams better via the store. Gamers, particularly, have reason to cheer because Microsoft is including plenty of features that push the envelope. The result is better game play. Keep reading to find out why else the Windows Store is the next big thing.

1. Smooth Controls

Apple and iTunes prove that native stores run apps better. Funny thing is, though, that most of us use PCs. Microsoft’s app store opens a world to developers and shoppers. Cross-management between the desktop and app space is much easier, particularly with touchscreens. A major reason for Windows including apps in the first place, touchscreens also add mucho options for app controls. This new option is super important for tomorrow’s games. Fans of “The Division” certainly know that.

2. Open Dev Options for More apps

Open source dev is ideal for everyone, including Microsoft. Such compatibility is largely responsible for the store’s growing variety of apps. IOS and Android programmers can use their app’s native language. This open-endedness is leading to some interesting stats:

  • Paid transactions in the holiday season doubled
  • Windows 10 is generating 4.5x more revenue per device than Windows 8
  • 1.25 billion visits to the Windows app Store between July 30th and October 6

The reason for such an increase? Windows 10’s improvements to the app store experience. Variety is also a key part of the upsurge. The more Windows involves dev, the more apps visitors can access. Open source dev is good for LiquidSky too. All gamers deserve an HD experience. We can adapt technology for the latest blockbusters far quicker thanks to Microsoft’s new direction.

Open Dev Options for More apps

Open source dev is ideal for everyone, including Microsoft. Such compatibility is largely responsible for the store’s growing variety of apps. IOS and Android programmers can use their app’s native language. This open-endedness is leading to some interesting stats.
Paid transactions in the holiday season doubled
Windows 10 is generating 4.5x more revenue per device than Windows 8
1.25 billion visits to the Windows app Store between July 30th and October 6th
The reason for such an increase? Window 10’s improvements to the app store experience. Variety is also essential for the upsurge. The more Windows involves dev, the more apps visitors can access. Open source dev is good for LiquidSky too. All gamers deserve an HD experience. We can adapt technology for the latest blockbusters far quicker thanks to Microsoft’s new direction.

Faster Games for…Fastness

Games should run fast and beautiful. However, PC gamers know this is not always the case. Slowdown and crashes can quickly ruin the experience. The Windows App Store connects us with games optimized for the platform. DirectX 12 is just the beginning. Multiplayer games enjoy seriously less lag and single player games load significantly faster.

Xbox app for Keeping Connected

High scores are always laudable, but not always sharable. The Xbox app changes that. PC gamers can post their scores and accomplishments right alongside Xbox players. Players can also directly join Xbox servers for cross-platform multiplayer matches. Conversations with friends never need to end either. Participate in general chat even if playing different games.

Seamless Updates

Performance matters. Above all else, that means keeps apps updated. Manually updating is always inconvenient, especially when apps are malfunctioning. Windows app Store sidesteps the issue through automatic updates. Voila! Apps are always the latest available. Good thing. We update quite often to deliver the best experience possible.

Growing Media Variety and TV Streaming

The Windows Store’s media library is growing fast. Browsers can select from an increasingly diverse set of movies, TV shows, and music. Finding titles is easy as pie. Windows is also adding the latest features. Kick back and stream Star Wars, The Revenant, or whatever else to your heart’s desire.

Easy Access to What You Want

Finding options is direct, with different categories dividing titles by options like Music and Games. Searches, meanwhile, appear in easy-to-scroll rows. Screen space is generous. Plenty of tiles fit nicely within the simple layout, with selection direct and responsive. Slowdown is also nonexistent, a big plus for us.

Microsoft apps

Useful apps always increase appeal. Microsoft’s own options are particularly awesome. The Office apps offer convenient features and plug into Skype quite well. Even the basic apps are quality, with clear layouts and responsive designs. Then there is OneDrive. There are plenty of reasons to love that one.

Popular apps and Services

Microsoft’s native apps are noteworthy. So too is the Windows Store’s selection of popular apps. Netflix? Check. Pandora? You betcha. Other mainstream options include Facebook, the Adobe suite, VLC, and Kindle. New apps continuously join the store as well. Plenty are useful. Some are a gag. Most apply to special activities or interests. Run a search with generic terms. There’s a good chance you’ll find a surprising range of options.