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Adobe Acrobat Reader DC drops onto the new Windows 11 Microsoft Store

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What you need to know

  • Adobe released its Acrobat Reader DC app onto the new Windows 11 Microsoft Store.
  • The app is a full-featured x86 viewer for signing and sharing PDFs.
  • Acrobat Reader DC is just the latest of many "classic" Win32 apps appearing in the new store thanks to Microsoft's relaxed policies.

With Microsoft's new Store for Windows 11 comes looser restrictions on the types of apps allowed to appear. Even though it has only been a few days since the Store went live in the latest Insider preview for Windows 11, several classic apps have already appeared, including OBS Studio, Zoom, Canva, Microsoft Edge extensions, and WinZip.

Now, as spotted on our Discord channel, Adobe has brought its full x86 Acrobat Reader DC app to the Microsoft Store.

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Acrobat Reader DC is a free, full-featured app for "viewing, printing, signing, sharing, and annotating PDFs" and is considered the gold standard if you deal a lot with PDFs. While Adobe has other apps like Adobe Reader Touch on the store for Windows 10, it is a bit more basic and much older going back to the Windows 8 days back in 2012.

Even though Acrobat Reader DC goes back years for Adobe, it is also regularly updated (opens in new tab), usually for security and continuous support, with the latest appearing on June 8.

Because of how the new Microsoft Store works, the version listed is the latest from Adobe as it comes from the company direct. Indeed, updates for this app won't go through the Microsoft Store at all. Instead, it is all handled via the app as it can ping Adobe's servers just as if you had installed it from their website.

There are still at least four months before Windows 11 is released, which leaves plenty of time for even more apps to appear. It'll be interesting to watch to see which other ones show up in the coming weeks.

Thanks, GeoffEff and Coellito, for the tip.

Daniel Rubino is the Executive Editor of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft here since 2007, back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and arguing with people on the internet.

21 Comments
  • Thanks for the footer, we are for helping too, love Discord Server, join in!
  • Agreed, thanks for the mention, Dan! Glad to see the store hopefully truly coming of age now.
  • I see a trend... former "gold" (now just old) standard Windows programs that everyone used "back in the day" but now aren't used much (at all?) are finding their way to... a "new" store?
  • I'm quite positive things like OBS Studio, Zoom, and Adobe Acrobat Reader DC are used by a lot of people in 2021. These are all apps also being updated regularly in 2021. OBS Studio alone is huge for game streamers, Zoom, and Adobe for work. You could make that argument for WinZip, though. But that's it. So, I don't see this "trend."
  • Two articles here, two focused (article names) on old programs (I did say "back in the day," so the new/current stuff is off-topic). Most people who want to read a PDF just open it in the browser--no further apps or programs needed. Most of those who do want more are a small number in comparison (and few of them that I'm aware of from forums and comments really like Adobe Acrobat). Now, this is not a business appraisal, but from my experience a business/enterprise won't be installing from the store (due to them imaging from their own sources). Things may have changed since I retired, so that's why I generally stick to non-enterprise-related opinions. Trend... low-hanging fruit... something-something, meh.
  • Can you sign a PDF document when open on the web? Can you digitally sign a PDF document when open on the web? Can you fill out a PDF form if opened on the Web?
  • Most government and banking stuff will require Adobe or Foxit Reader in order to open a special PDF type with fillable boxes, signatures, and QR codes that generate while the document is being filled out.
  • Doesn't show up for me.
  • Same here (UK)
  • I see it's another "provided and updated by..." app, as per OBS, Zoom, etc. (as mentioned at the bottom of the article). Is it that hard for them to do a parallel build where they switch off or remove their own background updaters or on-start updaters and defer to the Store? Part of the draw of the Store is that you only have one updater and it works in the background without hassling you, and developers can stop the proliferation of bespoke background services which wastes their time and effort and our resources!
    I had hoped with the MS announcement of Adobe CC stuff in the Store that the infra would support knowing about your CC subscription and do all the updating there rather than in Adobe's geriatric HTML launcher, but with this news my small hope has become practically non-existent.
  • If anyone of these companies wanted to do what you're thinking, they had the chance in Windows 10 (since 2015) but chose not to.
  • Thank god , all apps r gonna comr together in one place. I am soooo happy.
  • "Indeed, updates for this app won't go through the Microsoft Store at all. Instead, it is all handled via the app as it can ping Adobe's servers just as if you had installed it from their website."
    Does that mean we can't update them through the store and we should update them by traditional in-app checks?
  • "Does that mean we can't update them through the store and we should update them by traditional in-app checks?"
    Correct.
  • So just to confirm, it's updated via their own app still? That's going to be annoying, because I love checking for updates in the Store and being able to install/update/uninstall all in one place, but this means you still have to check via each separate app?
  • "So just to confirm, it's updated via their own app still? "
    Correct. Often, these apps will auto-check once opened by themselves, but it depends. The Store won't handle it unless the apps are updated by the developers to leverage Project Reunion aka Windows App SDK.
  • I agree with comments about the updating. What I have most preferred about the Store vs developer websites is specifically the auto-updating. I hope MS plans to add some requirements to Store apps again in the future, after it gains some clout. I realize that today, they really don't have any choice.
  • Cant agree enough. If the majority of our apps we get through the store requires updating individually, then this just makes it a downgrade for the consumer and means for most people, that these apps wont be updated on a regular basis. Whats the point of putting your app in the store if it will become outdated quickly with no way of the AVERAGE user to know how to update it? This is my biggest concern with Microsoft's new vision for the store. I know they want apps, but it cant come at the cost of quality of life for the end user.
  • The store version says it's not compatible with the device I'm using but I can download and install it direct from Adobe with no issues 🤔
  • Same here, no way to install.
  • Oh yeah, it wasn't there at all when this article was published, but now I can see it but I get a "This app will not work on your device." banner - hey, I'll be the judge of that!