If you have a desktop, laptop or tablet powered by Microsoft Windows 8 or higher, you have a great advantage in terms of getting apps and software. The Windows Store is Microsoft’s answer to the iTunes App Store and Google Play; it offers many options for users to improve their devices with great software.
Third-party apps greatly extend the utility of Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. Unlike Google Play for Android, every app that you find in the Windows Store has been vetted by Microsoft, which means you will not run into the risk of installing malicious code or an app that will cause your system to crash unexpectedly.
Launching the Windows Store
From your Windows device, simply click on or tap the Start Menu and select the Windows Store icon, which looks like a shopping bag. Alternatively, you can also issue a voice command to the Cortana virtual assistant: “Launch Windows Store.”
You will have to sign into the Windows Store with your Microsoft Account. In case you purchased a new device and do not have an account yet, it is as easy as setting up an Outlook email account.
Browsing and Searching the Windows Store
Once you are logged into the shopping section, you will see the Home section, which shows you new items and suggestions that are made based on your activity and preferences. Aside from apps, you can also find games, movies, television series, and music.
Browsing is as easy as clicking or tapping the categories and scrolling or swiping through the offerings. If you are looking for something specific, you can always enter keywords into the search bar on the top right of the screen. For example, if you are looking for Canadian apps, you can search for “Canada;” however, you will not have to do this too often since the Windows Store is intuitive and will detect your geographic location to show you relevant apps and content.
Purchasing and Installing Content
Once you see an app, game, movie, television show, or music track you are interested in, click it or tap it once to get more information and to read user reviews. A good amount of content is free to install, but it may also be supported by advertising; if this is the case, the information will state so. If you have not yet set up a payment option, you will be able to do so before your first purchase.
Customising the Windows Store Experience
If you choose Settings from the drop-down menu in the Home screen, you will be able to adjust certain options for your account that will make your shopping experience more enjoyable. You can also add other Windows devices such as smartphones from this screen.