What you need to know
- The official Discord app is now available in the Microsoft Store for Windows 11.
- The app joins other big names like Zoom, KakaoTalk, Luminar AI, Music Maker, VLC, TeamViewer, Adobe Acrobat Reader DC, and LibreOffice.
- The Microsoft Store is now open to third-party stores and more.
The official Discord app for Windows is now discoverable in the new Microsoft Store for Windows 11. The app appeared sometime last week around September 22, but with Microsoft's announcement around Epic Games coming to the store and more, the app has now been officially revealed.
Discord, once almost acquired by Microsoft, is one of the most established social networks with 150 million monthly active users (MAUs) used by many gamers. Microsoft landing the app, which users a standalone installer (so, no updates through the Microsoft Store itself), is a big win for Microsoft's new "open" strategy to lure developers and software back to Microsoft.
Microsoft seems to be resonating with those developers too. The company remarked in a blog post how big names like Zoom, KakaoTalk, Luminar AI, Music Maker, VLC, TeamViewer, Adobe Acrobat Reader DC, and LibreOffice are all on the store right now. Epic Games, Opera, and Yandex browsers, and Android apps (via Amazon) are all coming too, with likely many more on the way.
Of course, Microsoft is taking some shortcuts with the Store in letting companies use their own CDNs (Content Delivery Network) and even installers, eschewing Microsoft's tools and commerce systems. In that sense, the Store is sort of a placeholder for these apps but still gives users a trusted source for Windows software.
So far, people seem to like Discord on the Microsoft Store as it has a 4.8 rating (out of 5) from 13 reviews. The biggest complaint seems to be people wanting the app to update through the store itself and not via the app. Discord could solve that by using Microsoft's own package installer, something we'll have to wait and see if they adopt.
To find the new app, users must search for the Discord app in the Microsoft Store as currently, there are no dedicated links for non-packaged apps.
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.
Aw crap, this is the same version. I installed it thinking it was the UWP version. This is a lame strategy, though I understand the reason.
I still don't think people are going to go into the Windows Store searching for Discord first...
I really don't get the name.
1. lack of concord or harmony between persons or things: marital discord.
2. disagreement; difference of opinion.
3. strife; dispute; war.
Who thought this was a good name for a 'social network'.
I have a problem with Yammer too, which is, to whine or complain.
Maybe I'll start one, bitchnmoan.
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