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11 things to know about the new Microsoft Store on Windows 11

Starting today, Windows 11 users around the world have access to a brand-new Microsoft Store. Let’s explore what’s in store for you! 1 – The best apps and entertainment for your Windows device Whether you use a desktop PC, a tablet or one of our new Surface devices, the Microsoft Store connects you with experiences…

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Starting today, Windows 11 users around the world have access to a brand-new Microsoft Store. Let’s explore what’s in store for you!

1 – The best apps and entertainment for your Windows device

Whether you use a desktop PC, a tablet or one of our new Surface devices, the Microsoft Store connects you with experiences that help you do more of what you love. With a newly expanded catalog of apps, games, movies and TV series, the redesigned Microsoft Store is ready for you – with content that’s tested for security, family safety and device compatibility. Here’s some ideas to get started, if you’re using the new Microsoft Store:

2 – Built for gaming

Gaming has always been fundamental to Windows, and the new Microsoft Store will connect you to the full diversity of games in our ecosystem. Along with a bevy of casual games (such as Candy Crush Soda Saga and Microsoft Solitaire Collection), and classics like Minecraft, we’ve built a seamless bridge to the Xbox App where gamers will find easy access to community and an extensive selection of more than 100 stellar PC games that are available with Xbox Game Pass – from Microsoft Flight Simulator to Sea of Thieves. In fact, this October kicks off an incredible season for PC gaming, with launches including Age of Empires IV on Oct. 28, Forza Horizon 5 on Nov. 9 and Halo Infinite on Dec. 8. All three games will be available to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and Xbox Game Pass for PC members on day one. And keeping to Microsoft Store’s mission to connect you with all the experiences that matter, Windows 11 users can also find third-party storefronts, like the Epic Games Store, inside the Microsoft Store.

3 – Faster and easier (and better-looking, too!)

We’ve redesigned the Microsoft Store on Windows 11 from the ground up, paying attention to every detail, and listening to customer feedback. The Microsoft Store is now 35% faster to open and navigate between pages than ever before. It features a new, refined design with animations to smoothly guide you from one page to the next, and subtle lighting effects to show details on spotlights. Product detail pages have also been updated to highlight unique content from each developer, while keeping consistency across content types. And the redesigned library will help you keep track of your installed apps and updates.

4 – New search experience

We’re making improvements to search, to ensure you can find the best experiences from the Microsoft Store on Windows. This includes features like a new search results page that puts the content you seek front and center. We’re also making it easier to filter search results, for example, by setting an age rating or filtering by category. We know search is important, and there’s even more we have planned – we’ll have additional improvements to share with you in the coming months.

Highlighted product cards help customers find the right content.

5 – New Disney+ app, optimized for Windows

The Disney+ PC app for Windows is now available in supported territories. Disney+ is a must-have for streaming all your favorite stories from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic and more. In select international markets, it also includes the new general entertainment content brand, Star. With original series and specials, the latest movie releases, classic adventures, documentaries, nostalgic TV shows and so much more, there’s always something new to explore!

Starting later this week, you can easily find your favorite Disney+ movies and series using Microsoft Store’s search feature – here’s a quick look at the experience a Windows 11 user sees when they search for “Dug Days,” a new collection of shorts from Pixar Animation Studios:


Media search with the Disney+ app. Subscription required.

6 – Entertainment widget

Windows 11 includes a great starter set of widgets, including a new entertainment widget to keep you connected to what’s trending in media and the hottest new titles. This is already one of Windows Insiders’ most interacted-with widgets, and we plan to add even more content over the next few months. Here’s what the widget looks like in supported markets:

 7 – Editorial stories to help you discover the best apps and games

The Microsoft Store on Windows isn’t just the place to install your favorite apps – it’s a place to get introduced to new experiences you might not even know about yet. Beginning this month, you will see curated stories and app collections to help you get the most out of your Windows PC – and keep you informed on the latest trends and development in Windows apps and gaming.

8 – Pop-up store to help you on the web

The main goal of the Microsoft Store is to always make it easy and convenient for users to install the best Windows software – even when you’re not using the Microsoft Store app itself. Our new pop-up store can help if you’re installing apps directly from a website, too. When you click the new “Get it from Microsoft” badge on a web page, an unobtrusive “mini” version of our store can pop-up to broker the installation, so you know that you’re installing software from a trusted service. If you’re using the new Microsoft Store, you can demo the experience by clicking the badge below.

9 – Integrated with your Windows workflow

One of the many refinements in Windows 11 is how it keeps you connected with relevant apps and experiences from the Microsoft Store. The new “Get Started” app helps elevate the right apps for the moment, including suggested resources from the Store. Windows 11 can also connect you with apps that help with specific workflows – for example, if you’re viewing a photo in the Photos app, you can now easily jump to a more powerful image editor app with just one click. If you like to deeply personalize the look and feel of your desktop, Windows’ settings will connect you to the Microsoft Store to browse and install custom themes for your device.

Quickly jump from Microsoft Photos to photo-editing apps from the Store, such as PicsArt.

10 – Coming soon to Windows 10

The new Microsoft Store is available now on Windows 11, and we’re happy to share that it will be available to Windows 10 customers in the coming months, too!  We’ll be sharing more details about that soon.

11 – Open to developers, listening to users

We’ve opened up the Microsoft Store on Windows to developers using different types of frameworks, packaging technologies and commerce platforms – aligning to our commitment to choice, fairness and innovation. For instance, the Microsoft Store on Windows no longer requires app developers to share revenue with Microsoft, when apps manage their own payment systems. If you’re a Windows developer, you can learn how to publish your app to the new Microsoft Store – or if your app is already in the Store, you can get the resources to add the new badges and pop-up store to your website.

We want to recognize and thank the Windows Insider community for sharing their feedback since we started this journey in June — you’ve helped make this product better for all Windows customers. We are excited about the journey we are on, and look forward to bringing Android apps and games from the Amazon Appstore to Windows 11 and the Microsoft Store in partnership with Amazon and Intel; this will start as a preview for Windows Insiders soon.

As Windows 11 rolls out globally, we encourage all users to provide their feedback through Feedback Hub… We’re listening!

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Minions DLC update lands on Minecraft

Illumination’s Minions mashup just got an update that Minecraft players can access now. “Playing as Gru, your quest is to become the biggest, baddest super-villain, and to do that you’ll need to gather gadgets, Minions and your courage to take on the Vicious 6: a team of supervillains who aren’t thrilled about your attempts to…

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Illumination’s Minions mashup just got an update that Minecraft players can access now.

“Playing as Gru, your quest is to become the biggest, baddest super-villain, and to do that you’ll need to gather gadgets, Minions and your courage to take on the Vicious 6: a team of supervillains who aren’t thrilled about your attempts to steal their thunder,” writes Sophie Austin on Minecraft.net. “As your devious plans take shape, you’ll need to fill up your villain-o-meter by sneaking, racing and directing your Minions in increasingly crafty ways before facing your foes in a fiery final showdown.”

Also, to celebrate the launch of this update and the new Minions movie, you can get a free in-game Minion hoodie in the Dressing Room.

If you’ve already bought the Minions x Minecraft mash-up, the new update will be available free of charge. If you haven’t, head on over to Minecraft Marketplace, where you can buy the downloadable content.

Visit Minecraft.net to find out more.

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Play Sea of Thieves’ fifth free adventure, ‘The Forsaken Hunter,’ until July 14

Hey Sea of Thieves players: Swap your pirate hat for a detective’s cap as you uncover clues and find out the fate of the missing Merrick in “The Forsaken Hunter,” the game’s latest narrative-driven adventure, from June 30 to July 14. This update is available for free to all Sea of Thieves players who have…

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Hey Sea of Thieves players: Swap your pirate hat for a detective’s cap as you uncover clues and find out the fate of the missing Merrick in “The Forsaken Hunter,” the game’s latest narrative-driven adventure, from June 30 to July 14.

This update is available for free to all Sea of Thieves players who have bought the game on Windows 10/11 PC, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One or via Steam, or players who have access to it with Xbox Game Pass. Simply download and install the latest Sea of Thieves update to get access.

Head over to Xbox Wire to watch the trailer and find out more.

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Customers share their stories on migrating to Dynamics 365

At some point, we’ve all experienced regret over not doing something. Opportunity passes us due to our over analysis, indecision, and uncertainty. Even though we’ve all done this, we rarely seek the advice of others, thinking our situation is somehow unique or different. This rationale is common among the on-premises organizations we speak to. They…

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At some point, we’ve all experienced regret over not doing something.

Opportunity passes us due to our over analysis, indecision, and uncertainty. Even though we’ve all done this, we rarely seek the advice of others, thinking our situation is somehow unique or different.

This rationale is common among the on-premises organizations we speak to. They understand the benefits for moving to the cloud but chose to focus on all the reasons not to—aging infrastructure, manual processes, and siloed data notwithstanding.

Hearing how others are approaching this critical technological evolution can be invaluable. Not to mention relatable. Here are a few customer stories we’ve collected; perhaps you might recognize yourself or the circumstances?

Discover other Dynamics AX and Dynamics CRM customer stories to learn about migration best practices and the benefits others are seeing in the cloud.

A small company with sizeable goals

Sonee Sports, is a small 28-year-old, family-run retail chain in the Maldives. The company moved its Microsoft Dynamics AX to Dynamics 365 in the cloud to streamline its resource planning, point of sale, and relationship management activities. Sonee Sports has grown from a single desk in a hardware store to 10 stores across the Maldives however, this growth didn’t come without challenges, particularly when it came to technology.

Maumoon Abdullah, Sonee Sports’s co-founder, has long advocated for using technology to understand, retain, and engage new customers. “In 2016, we had a customer churn rate of 10 percent—not good. We knew that technology was key to keeping our business afloat,” Abdullah said. However, their previous enterprise resource planning (ERP) took hours to generate reports, the data was inaccurate, so decision makers stopped using it. In time, Sonee Sports realized it had to move its entire business to the cloud.

With help from Mumbai-based CloudFronts, a Microsoft Partner Network partner, Sonee Sports upgraded to Microsoft Dynamics 365, deployed Microsoft Power BI for analytics, and rolled out a cloud-based e-commerce system. “We needed an all-around ERP system that was reliable, easy to use, and mobile-friendly and that offered a host of options for accessing information. Dynamics 365 Retail fits these criteria very well.” Abdullah says. 

With this setup, Sonee Sports has cut its IT maintenance costs by 38 percent and improved customer retention by over 8 percent.

“With Dynamics 365, we finally have the data we need to understand our customers.” Abdullah says. “The value of this is priceless.”

Read more about Sonee Sport’s migration to Dynamics 365.

A growing city with changing needs

It can be easy to forget that cities are a lot like corporations—they provide services to their “customers,” often relying on technology to deliver the goods.

Bristol is a diverse city in southwest England, with more than 90 languages spoken and a population of just over 463,000. Bristol City Council is the unitary authority and is responsible for a wide range of services including taxation, waste management, education, etc. Like many struggling municipalities, Bristol City Council felt it could no longer rely on its IT system to meet day-to-day demands of the city. Its systems weren’t agile or mobile-friendly and lacked a unified platform to support collaboration or leverage data insights.

“The council was historically, deeply dissatisfied with its IT systems and processes.” says Simon Oliver, Director of Digital Transformation at Bristol City Council. 

Bristol City Council realized the only way forward was to modernize its Dynamics CRM 2016 instance to Dynamics 365, which would improve efficiency and collaboration. Moving, however, was a significant undertaking, involving migrating 54 workloads and orchestrating nearly 500 ecosystem partners, and staff.

Built on Microsoft Azure, with Microsoft Power Platform and Office 365, Bristol City Council deployed Dynamics 365 alongside toolsets to increase productivity. “Working with Microsoft has given us an opportunity to look at our entire approach to delivering IT services, to reshape our way of thinking and the culture of the IT department,” explains Oliver. 

Read more about the Bristol City Council transformation.

An industry leader looking to drive purpose

Peet Limited, a leader in Australia’s property industry, believes in helping people gain peace of mind through property ownership. And their commitment to IT innovation has enabled them to remain competitive through market disruptions.

As part of its ongoing mission to offer quality service, the company partnered with Microsoft to upgrade its IT systems and move critical line-of-business applications to the cloud. Justyn Bridge, IT Manager at Peet Limited, explained, “Microsoft 365 is a complete, intelligent solution…it empowers Peet employees to be creative and work together.” Peet Limited had confidence in Microsoft because the organization was already using both Dynamics CRM and Dynamics AX, for its customer relationship management (CRM) and ERP, respectively.

Peet Limited designed its cloud strategy around security with the goal of end-to-end protection in mind; for them, security promoted value. Bridge explains that one of the best benefits of using Microsoft 365 is having a “single pane of glass” to view Peet Limited’s security landscape. Using Microsoft’s Advanced Threat Analytics, Peet Limited had a succinct, real-time view of an attack timeline with the ability to analyze and identify normal versus suspicious user or device behavior.

Considering the project, Bridge notes, “We sought better end-to-end protection, and Microsoft 365 gave us that. Our business has gained security in both protection and mindset.”

Read more about Peet Limited’s story.

When you’re ready to migrate, Microsoft is here to help

We all have stories that define us. Organizations are no different. Whether you’re looking to grow your footprint, improve services, or modernize your underlying technology, the Microsoft Cloud can meet your changing needs. While migrating to the cloud should be a business priority, the experiences above illustrate the importance of planning. When you’re ready to migrate your on-premises solution to the cloud, Microsoft is here to support your journey.

Learn from the other Dynamics AX and Dynamics CRM migration stories in our library. Visit the Dynamics 365 Migration Community to access partner discovery resources and other assets to help you migrate with confidence.

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