Zoom, OBS Studio, and Canva all arrive as full apps in the new Windows 11 Microsoft Store
Microsoft's plan to let more 'real' apps into the Microsoft Store for Windows 11 pays off, with some big titles showing up early.
What you need to know
- Zoom, OBS Studio, and Canva are all now on the new Microsoft Store for Windows 11.
- These are the full apps provided and maintained by each publisher leveraging Microsoft's new Store policies.
- Windows 11 allows just about any app into the store regardless of how it is packaged, architecture, PWA, UWP, Win32, or even Android.
With the official Insider build of Windows 11 arriving yesterday, we saw the first legacy app appear in the new Microsoft Store: WinZip. It was an important milestone as the app is not a limited UWP app and can use Corel's own monetization method for licensing instead of relying on Microsoft.
It now appears more Win32 apps are popping up. As noted in our Discord channel by user @Coellito, some big hitters are now available to download if you are on Windows 11, including Zoom Meetings, OBS Studio, and Canva. These additions come in the wake of TikTok's web app becoming available too.
The apps are all the latest versions from the companies, as you would expect.
Of course, users could always download these apps from the web directly, but with Microsoft's new store policies, users can have one single place to find and manage all their apps knowing it is coming from a trusted source.
As a bonus, since Windows 11 ships with x64 support for Windows on ARM, users can even install OBS to run on devices like Surface Pro X.
To find the apps, users can search (we do not know of a way yet to share Store links for Windows 11).
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Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.