Microsoft: Steam and Epic would be 'very welcome' in the Windows 11 app store

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Engadget 25 June, 2021 - 08:18am 27 views

Can you download Windows 11?

Windows 11 will be available as a free upgrade to Windows 10 customers. This means that if you run a genuine Windows 10 copy on your computer, you will be able to download Windows 11 without having to pay anything extra. India TodayWindows 11: When you can download, price, upgrade options, other key details you should know

When will Windows 11 roll out?

Upgrades to Windows 11 will begin to roll out late in 2021 and continue into 2022. During this time, we will be doing some behind-the-scenes testing and validating for your specific PC. Windows Update will provide an indication if and when your PC is eligible. You can check by going to Settings/Windows Update. microsoft.comUpgrade to the New Windows 11 OS

How do I get Windows 11 for free?

To see if your current Windows 10 PC is eligible for the free upgrade to Windows 11, visit Windows.com to download the PC Health Check app, the post said. And if you buy a new PC between now and the general release, that computer will also be eligible for the free upgrade. CNETWindows 11 will be a free update. Here's how you'll download it (and whether you're eligible)

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Windows Store devs 'can keep 100% of their revenue', unless they're making games

PC Gamer 25 June, 2021 - 12:17pm

Game developers won't have the same option to bypass Microsoft's commerce platform entirely.

Microsoft confirmed the exception to The Verge, explaining that while app developers will have the option to offer in-app purchases via their own or third-party platforms (which won't require paying Microsoft a fee), games have been excluded from this option. Sales made through games will always give Microsoft a 12% split.

The tech giant didn't disclose why, exactly, apps and games are treated differently. Figuring out that distinction has been key to ongoing legal fight between Epic and Apple that infamously began when Epic tried to bypass Apple's payment platform in Fortnite. One bizarre side-effect of the arguing over "what is a game" even saw Roblox completely obliterate any mention of being a game from its platform.

The Verge notes that Microsoft's distinction may come down to just how heavily the company relies on games—noting that while Xbox Hardware has always been sold at a loss, the revenue split for game sales and subscriptions more than makes up for it. 

Outside the store, Windows 11 is taking some important steps for games at a system level—from faster load times with DirectStorage, to automatically enabled HDR on any game developed using DirectX 11 or above.

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