Microsoft Store on Windows 10 testing new filtering system

Microsoft continues to gradually iterate on its Store design for Windows 10, most recently rolling out a whole new look for app and game pages. However, it looks like filters will be the next area to get a revamp, at least according to a design reportedly being tested internally.

As first reported by Italian blog Aggiornamenti Lumia, Microsoft this week began rolling out a refreshed filter experience for internal testing. The revamp moves the filters that are currently available in the Microsoft Store app from the main content area to the sidebar. Instead of dealing with dropdown menus, you'll now see a list on the left-hand side of the app, offering options to refine your results by charts, departments, category, and more.

Microsoft Store Sidebar Filters

Image: Aggiornamenti Lumia

Because the new filters are only available internally at the moment, it's unclear when or if they'll be making their way out to the general public. However, it's likely that, should testing go well, Insiders will start to see the new experience in a future update.

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  • Can you please add a subject about updating Lumia 1020 from win 8.1 to windows 10 , the insider program isn't working anymore at 8.1
  • That's old news, the Lumia 1020 reached the end of it's support cycle ages ago along with Windows Phone 8.1. Your only option is to use the XDA tool by HeathCliff if you wish to get WM10 on the 1020. BUT you do so at your own risk.
  • Can you please add a subject about update Lumia 1020 from win 8.1 to windows 10 , The insider program isn't working anymore in 8.1
  • I already have it on my laptop with the latest rs 5 bulid
  • It's not internally, they must be rolling it out. I just started seeing this on one of my machines all week :)
  • I hope the list is collapseable, as it's taking a fair amount of screen real estate.
  • That would be a great design.
  • Yesss, now that's my kind of overhaul.
  • I already have this on both my PCs.
  • I love the way they removed the touch horizontal scroll from search results completely. Just shows how internal testing and design have great flaws at Microsoft. How on Earth could something like this happen on a productive branch?!