After around a month of testing with Windows Insiders, the Windows Store on PC and Mobile has been updated for everyone with some big changes in tow. Most notably, the latest update to the Store brings thinner download progress bars, a relocated "Share" button, the option to remotely install Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps to your Xbox One with a click, and much more.
The highlight of this update is the new progress bar. Not only is it skinnier than the previous chunky bar, but it also shows you the total size of your app alongside your current download speed. The "Share" button is also now located next to the "Install" or "Launch" button in each app's Store listing. A new "Install on Xbox One" button is also available in the Store for UWP apps that are available on both platforms as well.
There should be other, under-the-hood changes as well that make the experience of using the Store app a bit faster. Following this update's release on the Fast ring in April, Reddit user PantherinaePsyke helpfully posted the following list of changes, which should still apply:
- New Progress Bar UI + App Download Speed
- Share Button UI Improvement + Visibility
- Work and School Account UI Improvement
- Hamburger Menu Improvement
- Overall Speed Improvement + Loading
- Search Bar UI Improvement + Cancel Button
- App Album Picture UI Improvement
- Improvement on Toast Notification w/ Launch or Pin app option
- Improvement in Download Refreshing Algorithm
All of these changes come with version 11703.1001.45.0 of the Store app, which is rolling out to everyone on Windows 10 PC and Mobile now. Do note that this update — or simply coincidental timing — caused some widespread issues connecting to the Store upon release, but the problems appear to be resolved now. In any case, you should be able to check out the latest tweaks by grabbing the update now via the Store itself.
Thanks to Justin and Amandeep Singh for the tips!
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