Microsoft is testing new features for its Store

Smarter updates, faster app restore. The Microsoft Store is at the heart of the changes.

The Redmond firm is continuing its test program for “Insiders”. This is a handful of users who have the opportunity to preview the new features that the group plans to deploy for Windows 11. Indeed, if the operating system was officially deployed at the end of 2021 , Microsoft is planning several successive major updates during 2022. In-depth redesigns of the OS are therefore expected for end users in the coming months.

Since the beginning of the year, Windows 11’s support for Android applications has been making a lot of noise. It could be coupled with other major advances in the Microsoft Store.

More secure app updates

This new beta version takes the name of Build 25131. In its Insiders program, through this new version, the group is testing a smarter way of updating applications. Until now, when an update is launched, whether the application is open or not, it operates in full. In this context, if a job was in progress and not saved, the user could lose it in whole or in part depending on the date of its last backup. This is a problematic point for all productivity applications in particular, such as the Office 365 Suite.

Faced with this observation, the publisher plans to no longer update the applications that are open and in use. A way to further secure the tasks in progress. A manual update will then be offered later for all applications that could not be updated automatically.

Installing Android apps more intuitively

Android applications have started to make their entrance and are not forgotten in this beta version. As soon as the user browses the internet and discovers an Android application compatible with Windows 11, a contextual menu will be offered to accompany him in his installation.

In addition, Microsoft specifies that it makes web browsing faster, without however providing additional details on the subject, and that it authorizes native support for Arm64 architectures to take full advantage of the performance of compatible devices such as the Surface Pro. X, for example.

Finally, the publisher is working on restoring applications when the user has to change PCs, for example. A feature that was absent from Windows 11 until then.
Remember that all these new features are only in the test phase. At this stage, there is no guarantee that they will be deployed in this way in the final version. This Insiders program nevertheless provides an overview of the developments to be expected from the next major Windows 11 update.

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