Microsoft wants Steam to be part of its new Windows 11 app store

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Will Windows 10 users get Windows 11 upgrade?

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

Who will get Windows 11?

Microsoft will offer Windows 11 as a free upgrade. If you have a Windows 10 laptop or desktop, chances are your device will get Windows 11 for free. Microsoft will distribute Windows 11 the same way it did with Windows 10 that was launched five years back. Times of IndiaThese users will get Windows 11 for free

A new open app store approach from Microsoft

“Windows already in many ways hosts those stores, and if we can host it through the Microsoft Store then of course,” says Windows and device chief Panos Panay, in an interview with The Verge. “For sure, it means as others want to come to the Store, they’re very welcome. As a matter of fact, encouraged, and that’s kind of why we’re building out some of these policies.”

Steam has become a huge game and app store on Windows throughout the years, and Panay envisions a future for the Windows app store where people find the apps they want regardless of rival stores. “I really want this experience where you go to the store, you type the app in and you get the app you want,” says Panay.

How this policy might apply to separate app stores isn’t clear, either. Microsoft appears to just be listing Android apps from Amazon’s Appstore in its own store, so it’s effectively linking out to another store. If Steam were to be integrated with the Windows app store, it would likely be through a similar linking scenario, which avoids apps and games being directly hosted in Microsoft’s app store.

This would still be an improvement over what exists on Windows 10 today. If you set up a new machine you have to search around the web for installers, grab only some of the apps that are available in Microsoft’s Windows store, or use a third-party package manager to manage which apps get installed. If Microsoft can pull off its open dream of a store with every Windows app listed, that will be a big benefit to every single Windows user.

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Windows 11's widgets pane takes inspiration from Google Discover

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Windows 11 is finally here. Microsoft took to the (virtual) stage today to announce the next generation of Windows, the operating system that will replace Windows 10 when it finally launches later this year. While Microsoft’s new update introduces an all-new design language with tons of new features, there are also many smaller changes that, while definitely not game-changers, do make the overall Windows 11 experience a lot more cohesive and better. One of the new changes come in the form of new widgets. One of Windows 11’s biggest new features, as announced by Microsoft, is a new widgets pane, and it looks amazing.

The new widgets pane brings a similar experience on Windows that the Google App gives you on Android. You have several widgets for pretty much anything you would need, including weather, calendar, as well as news. Microsoft says they drew inspiration straight from the functionality smartphones provide, and according to them, they wanted to provide something similar right on your desktop. The new Widgets pane shows up from the left side of your screen and gives you a quick briefing of your day from Microsoft’s ecosystem of services, including calendar, Bing, and Microsoft Edge. It also briefs you in on the latest news, delivering information you care about using Microsoft’s News service.

Windows 11 integrates with the Internet better than ever, and this is just one of the few results of that. Microsoft says that, with this new widget pane, they want to “create a vibrant pipeline for global brands and local creators alike, in a way that both consumers and creators can benefit.” You’ll even be able to tip local content creators right from the news feed.

The widgets pane feature will be exclusive to Windows 11, which should arrive to Insiders next week and to stable users later this year. This is not the only improvement Windows 11 has, however. For a more detailed rundown on what Microsoft announced today, check out our hero page detailing all the new UI and UX improvements, as well as the new improvements under the hood.

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