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The Windows 11 Microsoft Store is rolling out for Windows 10 Insider

Microsoft debuted a new version of the Microsoft Store with Windows 11, bringing an updated design, support for more apps, and even the option to download third-party app and game stores like the Epic Games Store. But the new Microsoft Store isn’t a Windows 11 exclusive. It’ll be coming to Windows 10 soon, and members […]

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Windows 11: Now you can install Windows Subsystem for Linux from the Microsoft Store

The Windows Subsystem for Linux has been allowing users to run Linux applications on Windows PCs since 2016, but for most of that time you’ve had to jump through some hoops to enable the feature. Now you can just download and install Windows Subsystem for Linux from the Microsoft Store… assuming you’re running Windows 11. […]

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Lilbits: Microsoft explains how to bypass Windows 11 TPM requirement

Microsoft set some pretty strict system requirements for Windows 11. You don’t necessarily need a super-powerful computer, but you do need one with an Intel, AMD, or Qualcomm processor released within the past few years, support for Secure Boot, and Trusted Platform Module 2.0. Want to install Windows 11 on a system that doesn’t meet […]

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Microsoft is putting app stores in its app store (starting with Epic Games Store and Amazon Appstore)

The Microsoft Store first debuted with Windows 8, giving Microsoft’s desktop operating system an official app store for the first time. But many of the most popular Windows apps haven’t been available in that store for a variety of reasons. With Windows 11 set to debut on October 5th, Microsoft is launching a brand new […]

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Win32 apps are coming to the Microsoft Store, but they won’t receive updates through the Store

The Microsoft Store is a combination of app store, game store and movie store. And when Windows 11 debuts later this year, it’ll bring an updated user interface. But it’ll also bring support for more types of applications: Microsoft says you’ll be able to find and download Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps, Progressive Web apps, […]

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Lilbits: Apple’s other stuff (AirTags, Apple TV 4K, Apple Podcasts subscriptions and iOS 14.5)

Over the course of an hour this afternoon, Apple announced new iMac and iPad models powered by the same Apple M1 chips used in the latest MacBook Air and MacBok Pro laptops, as well as a bunch of other things. There’s a new Apple TV 4K with a faster processor and new remote control. And there’s […]

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Microsoft may bring Android app support to Windows

Microsoft may have given up on making smartphone operating systems. But sometime next year the company may make it easier to run smartphone apps on a Windows laptop, tablet, or desktop computer. According to Windows Central’s Zac Bowden, Microsoft is “toying with” the idea of “bringing Android apps to the Microsoft Store,” and the feature […]

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Lilbits: Microsoft’s app store, Google’s 5G network, and Fedora for phones

Apple and Google have been taking a lot of heat for their app store policies recently, with developers bristling at the companies’ insistence that apps distributed through their respective stores follow very tight restrictions that many see as anti-competitive. Microsoft, meanwhile, also has an app store. You probably don’t use it very much, and developers have […]