Affinity Photo and Designer now available in the Microsoft Store

A year after first bringing its Affinity imaging apps to Windows as full desktop app, Serif is now launching them on the Microsoft Store. Affinity Photo and Affinity Designer are both now available to anyone with access to Windows 10's Microsoft Store. And while that may not be a huge deal for anyone who is already using the desktop versions of each app, its a huge boon to Windows 10 S users looking for professional imaging and design tools on the Microsoft store.

Both apps are packed with professional tools for designers and photographers, making them a potential go-to for many on the Microsoft Store. Affinity Photo includes a full slate of editing and retouching tools, including support for editing PSD files, that photography professionals would expect from any serious software. Similarly, Affinity Designer is an option for vector graphic designers looking to create marketing materials, icons, and UI designs.

Aside from Photoshop Elements and Express, Adobe hasn't released its full suite of tools on the Microsoft Store yet, making the arrival of Serif's Affinity apps an enticing option for Windows 10 S going forward. Each app will normally be available at a price of $49.99 a piece, but Serif has discounted each to $37.49 for the next eight days in what is presumably a launch discount. Unfortunately, if you have already purchased the desktop versions of either Affinity tool, there's no way to transfer your license, so you'll have to shell out again to snag the Microsoft Store versions.

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Dan Thorp-Lancaster

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