Microsoft today opened up the new improved Windows Store in Windows 8.1. Also the Windows Store is now open for submitting apps targeting Windows 8.1 by the developers. For the developers who started working on their app with the preview versions of Windows, they will first need to update their Preview environment to today’s release versions of Windows 8.1 and Visual Studio 2013. Packages built on prerelease versions won’t be accepted into the Store.
Microsoft has made following improvements to the Windows Store to better connect apps with customers and drive greater monetization.
- All new Store layout providing better discovery and richer experience
- Integration of Bing technologies to make recommendations more relevant
- App packages can now be up to 8 gigabytes (great for visually rich apps and games)
- App bundles optimize the distribution of Windows Store app resource packages to global customers
- Windows Store support for in-app consumables and larger catalogs on in-app offers
- Windows Store gift cards will launch this holiday to support purchases without credit cards
- Windows Store apps now auto-update by default, so your customers will always be on the latest and greatest version of your app
Windows 8.1 platform improvements:
We started talking about many of the Windows 8.1 platform features back in late June at our Build conference. Here are just a few of the new platform features and benefits that will help you build better apps and drive deeper engagement with your customers.
- Improvements to the XAML and HTML controls, and new Hub and WebView controls
- Tiles on the Start screen now support two additional sizes, bringing the total up to four
- More powerful multitasking capabilities, with more than two apps onscreen at the same time; a single app can also use multiple windows
- Improvements to DirectX, as you may have read about earlier this week