Two new Win32 apps have landed in the Microsoft Store. Spotted by @kid_jenius on Twitter, PuTTY and Audacity are now available as downloads on Microsoft’s storefront on Windows 11.
For those unfamiliar, PuTTY is a popular communications tool. It is often used for running interactive command-line sessions on other computers using the SSH protocol. The app also lets you communicate over a serial port, or speak various legacy Internet protocols. As for Audacity, it doesn’t need an explanation, as it is a multi-track editor and recording tool, used in podcasting and other audio production.
Before these official apps landed in the store, there were plenty of “fakes” or third-party apps that use the same logo as the real apps. Audacity has likely added a checkmark to the logo on their Microsoft Store app for this reason. Now that Win32 versions of PuTTY and Audacity are in the store, they join other heavy hitters, like OBS Studio, Firefox, Opera, and VLC media player.