Microsoft announces Windows 11, Microsoft Store updates for advanced applications


Microsoft has made several announcements at its Build event. The software giant introduced new updates for Windows 11, Microsoft Store and even Microsoft Teams at the event. The tech giant has introduced new app-building tools so that developers can take their existing code and make it more attractive on Windows.

Additionally, Microsoft has introduced new ways to reach and engage customers through the Microsoft Store. There’s also a new development kit with AI capabilities called Project Volterra, and a comprehensive Arm-native developer toolchain.

Microsoft is building towards a vision for the world of Intelligent Hybrid Compute, bringing together native compute on CPU, GPU and NPU and cloud compute with Azure. Microsoft claims that in the future, computing workloads between the client and the cloud will be as dynamic and seamless as moving between Wi-Fi and cellular on your phone today.

AI would require enormous levels of processing power beyond the capabilities of traditional CPUs and GPUs alone. But new silicon-like neural processing units (NPUs) will add expanded capacity for major AI workloads.

Bringing Azure and Windows together will enable developers to bring a new class of applications to commercial and consumer customers. Microsoft has announced that this journey will begin with Windows 365, Xbox Cloud Gaming and Azure Virtual Desktop and will continue with cloud and NPU processing on more Windows devices.

New app-building tools

Windows users can expect more apps that will be compatible with their operating system. Developers will find it easier to build and run their apps on Windows, be they .NET, Web, Android, C++, Linux, or any cross-platform framework.

As for building Windows desktop apps, the Windows App SDK and WinUI 3 platform make it easy to build native apps for Windows 11 using C# or C++, while still reaching users on Windows 10.

The latest Windows App SDK 1.1 update is in preview and will be released soon, adding new features such as Fluent Visual Content in WinUI 3, updated desktop windowing API, enhancements for push notifications, new Environment Variables API for C++ and various Includes performance improvements.


Widgets in Windows 11 will also introduce some new changes. They will offer an attractive and useful view of the app content to the users. Later this year, users will be able to start building widgets as a collaborative experience for Win32 and PWA apps on Windows 11 powered by the Adaptive Cards platform.

Developers can also leverage the capabilities of touch, pen, voice and AI to create features that increase engagement and differentiate their apps with more natural interactions for their customers.

Microsoft also shared an early view of how apps that create and store content in the cloud can begin integrating that custom content into the familiar user engagement surfaces in File Explorer and normal file dialogs in Windows 11. This will enable Windows to show your apps and app content to users in the right context, providing a seamless app installation and content discovery experience across devices.

new store design

With Windows 11, the tech giant has rebuilt the Microsoft Store from the ground up for developers. The Microsoft Store on Windows gives you the option of using the commerce engine we provide, along with the revenue share, or your own commerce engine in your app, in which case they get to keep all the revenue.

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