What you need to know
- The Epic Games Store is among the first storefronts coming to the new Microsoft Store.
- It's available in the new MS Store starting today, October 4, 2021.
- Other major apps are also present in the new store, such as Disney+.
The new Microsoft Store is here, and along with it, many of the features that have been promised by Microsoft. First and foremost, this includes the arrival of stores within the store. For example: The Epic Games Store is now available within the Microsoft Store, meaning you can get the gateway to Fortnite directly through the new Microsoft experience.
Other storefronts will be coming as well, in addition to other new inclusions such as browser apps. For instance, Opera will be making its way to the Microsoft Store.
Another major shakeup Microsoft is introducing alongside its debut of Windows 11 and the new Microsoft Store is the inclusion of Android app support, which is still on the way. It's coming to Insiders first, and soon.
For those who are sticking with Windows 10 but still want Microsoft's latest store, it's coming in the next few months. Windows 11 gets it first, but 10 has not been forgotten about. You can read the full laundry list of Microsoft Store news at the company's blog post on the subject. However, if you're not interested in reading more articles and just want to dive into the new MS Store and see the Epic Games integration for yourself, you're all set to do so.
As for why you should bother with the Epic Games Store in the first place, know that it regularly offers deep discounts on games (similar to Steam), gives away games for free on a weekly basis, and often has timed exclusives for games that will take six months to a year — if at all — to arrive on competing PC storefronts (again, Steam).
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"Another major shakeup Microsoft is introducing alongside its debut of Windows 11 and the new Microsoft Store is the inclusion of Android app support, which is still on the way. It's coming to Insiders first, and soon."
Generic chit chat or you have some insider information it's actually about to come soon?
Has Valve commented on the new Windows Store?
Not sure if the writer of this article is aware, but the Opera Browser is already in the store!
Is this Epic store nested within the Microsoft store like the Amazon Android Appstore will be, or is it just an app download like normal?
Exciting to see all these new apps popping up "in" the Store even if they're just really links disguised as store pages. I really wish Microsoft had offered a third "middle of the road" option to devs by allowing a 5% revenue cut for hosting and providing updates through the store, but without the marketing boost.
I can attest to the fact that it's worth installing Epic Games for the freebies. Here's just a few examples of the games I've got free from Epic: A Plague Tale: Innocence
Assassin's Creed Syndicate
Just Cause 4
Layers of Fear (1 & 2)
Metro Last Light Redux
Remnant: From the Ashes
The Talos Principle
Watch Dogs (1 & 2)
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