The latest update to the Windows 10 Microsoft Store app is introducing a new layout that should make it easier to find PC games and deals on hardware and software. Spotted by Windows Central, the update is bringing five new tabs at the top, starting with a Home section that still highlights top free apps and games, as well as popular moves and TV Shows.
The new Gaming section does a pretty good job of highlight new “real” PC games such as the upcoming Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition or top selling titles such as Sea of Thieves or Minecraft for Windows 10, though it’s still hard to ignore the library of free mobile games with in-app purchases. The bottom of this section also includes various gaming accessories, as well as gaming apps such as Dolby Access or the new DTS Sound Unbound spatial audio app.
The Entertainment section promotes apps like Netflix, iTunes, and Spotify, as well as content from Microsoft’s Movies & TV Store. The Productivity section is dedicated to Windows 10 apps and hardware including Microsoft’s Surface devices and accessories, while the Deals section highlights current discounts on apps, games, and hardware.
Overall, this new layout looks more efficient than the previous one, though there’s still room for improvement. With the Windows 10 May 2019 Update, developers can now release Win32 apps and games on the Microsoft Store, but those are still hard to identify on the Store. Xbox Game Pass for PC also doesn’t get much love for now, with a simple ad in the gaming section that redirects to a webpage on xbox.com.
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