Windows Central readers don't seem excited about Microsoft's refreshed apps

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Microsoft refreshed several of its apps for Windows 11. The company also rolled out some new apps, including the Chat app powered by Microsoft Teams. We wanted to know which apps excite our readers, so we ran a poll over the weekend. It turns out that most of our readers that voted aren't that excited about new default apps on Windows 11.

The winner of the poll with over 31% of votes is the File Explorer. The Microsoft Store came in second place with almost 27% of the votes. Almost 12% of participants said that they aren't excited about any of the new apps for Windows 11. The rest of the apps listed brought in 5% of the votes or less.

"I just hope they keep improving the Explorer until Windows 11 releases. It would be nice to have it completely modernized, not just [its] ribbon and context menus," says MSZik in the comments section of our poll.

Ad47uk says, "None of them get me excited to be honest, I may use file explorer for quickness, but if I am doing a load of file stuff I use a third party file manager."

The new Chat app from Microsoft got a bit of love as well, though "aFloppinPhish" is holding out for support for SMS messaging, "If the chat app improves and supports sending sms from linking a phone like Skype did it'd be great."

Perhaps the most exciting app on Windows 11 is the new Microsoft Store because it could open the door for many improved apps. Microsoft showed a new commitment to apps on Windows alongside its new OS, and that's already led to some big-name apps coming to the Microsoft Store.

We'll keep the poll open to see if it trends another way.

Sean Endicott
News Writer and apps editor

Sean Endicott brings nearly a decade of experience covering Microsoft and Windows news to Windows Central. He joined our team in 2017 as an app reviewer and now heads up our day-to-day news coverage. If you have a news tip or an app to review, hit him up at