Microsoft finally stops hiding last app update date in Windows 11 store (web)
It's no secret that Windows Store has an app problem. In fact, the infamous "app gap" was one of the reasons for Windows Phone's downfall. In the era of Windows 10 Mobile, many developers ignored their code for Windows Store to focus on popular mobile stores like Play Store or Apple Store.
In an attempt to hide the embarrassment, Microsoft has removed the "last updated" date from the Microsoft Store on all Windows-based devices. It was nearly impossible to tell when the latest version of a specific app was released in the Microsoft Store. In fact, users have relied on random Twitter handles to track app updates in Store.
Microsoft made this change unacknowledged on any public platform and it's widely believed that the tech giant wanted to hide the fact that many Store apps were updated a long time ago. These theories certainly make sense, especially considering that Windows Store apps were more or less outdated compared to Android.
Needless to say, the practice was against Microsoft's own transparency policy and the company finally took a step towards restoring the "last updated date".
As we reported recently, Microsoft has started rolling out its new online store for Windows 10 and Windows 11 users.
Today, Microsoft released another server-side change that restores the "last updated" section, which finally reveals when apps were updated. While this isn't a useful change for many users, it's still an important and necessary "transparency" feature for some people.
It could also encourage developers interested in the Store to keep their apps up to date and it will also help users determine if an app is well-maintained by the developer before making a purchase.
Focus on the new Windows Store for the Web
As mentioned at the beginning, there is a new design for Windows Online Store.
If you are unable to access the native app store on your desktop, you can always search for an app from the online store.
Microsoft's online store has been updated with a new look, new design in line with the Fluent approach of Windows 11. This new online store matches the native Windows 11 app store and also includes new categories for easy navigation in apps and games.
You'll find all the familiar apps, such as Notepad and Office, in the online store. Additionally, Microsoft's updated app store for the web also indexes Win32 desktop apps.
You can click the "install" button to immediately install the app through a new store pop-up, which means you don't have to manually open the native store.