The Microsoft Store app, sometimes referred to as the Windows App Store, makes it easy to find, install, and uninstall apps on Windows 11. Apps from the Microsoft Store are more worthy of your trust than apps you might download elsewhere because they’re approved by Microsoft personnel for security, technical compliance, and content. Moreover, they operate in a Sandbox so they can’t wreak havoc on other parts of your system. We’re fans of desktop app stores, including the App Store for macOS, because like Windows’ store, it lets you reinstall purchased apps on any computer you’ve signed in to.
Traditional Windows apps, Android apps, etc.
The big news for the Microsoft Store is that it now supports Android apps that you can run on your Windows 11 PC, thanks to the Amazon AppStore. This roundup, however, is limited to real Windows applications. Microsoft recently made it easier for developers to convert traditional Windows apps and PWA apps (essentially app-like websites) for inclusion in the store, as well as UWP apps (Universal Windows Platform apps). .
Now that we’ve convinced you to install Microsoft-approved apps on your PC, only one question remains: which ones should you download? While researching this story, we found that there were many more good choices than we expected. Unfortunately, as with all app stores, there’s still a lot of rawness in the Microsoft Store. We select gems that are intended to provide pleasure and functionality.
Free; $9.99 per month for Premium
Adobe’s new lightweight web application attempts to democratize good design by making it accessible to non-professional designers. With the Creative Cloud Express app, you can create impactful Facebook posts, Instagram stories, logos, or posters using templates and stored content. Use it to create marketing materials, school projects, work presentations, and other projects that benefit from visual impact. It has an impressive toolset with lots of design elements, many of which can be used for free. It also allows you to share your work with collaborators or clients. A subscription ($9.99 per month) adds many more models and stock assets.
Adobe Creative Cloud Express Review
Free; $4.99 per month for Premium
With Adobe Photoshop Express, you not only get basic photo correction tools for exposure, contrast, color saturation, and more, but also jazzy filters to dress up your photos. Helpful cropping tools, blemish removal, and sharing features round out this well-designed app that also works on mobile devices. It’s also much simpler than the full Photoshop. You can do a lot of this for free, but a $4.99 per month subscription unlocks a lot more effects.
Adobe Photoshop Express Review
Free; $7.99 per month for unlimited
The shopping and web services giant has launched an impressive and affordable music streaming service. Sure, Spotify has a huge catalog and terrific cross-device and social control capabilities, but if you opt for Amazon Music Unlimited, you get much better sound quality and an equally large library – 75 million tracks. If you have the right equipment, you can even listen to Spatial Audio with the app and you can play in more direct exclusive mode on Windows. The app lets you download your sounds for offline listening. You get the Standard service (just 2 million tracks at 320 kbps) included with a Prime subscription, and for $7.99 a month you can enjoy high resolution and 75 million songs. A free account (no credit card required) gets you ad-supported stations and playlists, but no on-demand listening choices.
Amazon Music Unlimited Review
That’s right, you can now install the venerable Firefox web browser from your PC’s app store. Sure, Windows 11 comes with a terrific browser, Microsoft Edge, but we still love this open-source, independent alternative. A favorite feature is its optional Container tabs, which save you from clearing cookies or using a second browser to sign in (or out) to multiple accounts on the same site. Firefox remains a fast, customizable and privacy-focused browser, with password synchronization, extensions and good support for web standards.
Instagram is another app that anyone plugged into today’s zeitgeist won’t want to be without. Watch stories, see selfies, have direct message conversations, see who’s following whom, and post your own memes. It’s all there in this PWA app. One thing it lacks is access to your PC’s camera, but you can upload locally stored photos.
Instagram Beta Review (for Windows Phone)
Free for web apps only; from $6.99 per month for full features
Our Editors’ Choice office suite now has a Microsoft Store app that serves as a hub for all of its included apps and your documents. From the Microsoft Office app (which is installed when you choose Microsoft 365 from the store), you can either launch documents in the web-based versions of the apps in the suite or install the full software locally. In addition to productivity apps, the hub gives you access to Microsoft To Do, Teams, Family Safety, and Skype. Free users can use online versions of Office apps, while subscribers get a terabyte of online storage and downloadable Office apps.
Microsoft 365 Personal Review
Don’t lose those flashes of inspiration, travel ideas, new contacts, sketches or meeting notes. Save and organize them in OneNote. This note-taking app works across all platforms, syncing all notes across all your devices. Include images, audio, online videos, and even math equations. Students can use OneNote for course materials and planning, and you can password-protect sections to protect them from prying eyes. Unlike a word processor, there’s no need to create and save files, and it’s quick to search through all of your notes.
Microsoft OneNote Review
Subscription from $9.99 to $19.99 per month
Bing your favorite series from the popular streaming service in glorious 4K on your Windows PC or tablet screen. With the Windows Netflix app, you can download (some) shows for offline viewing. Switch account profiles for different viewers and add or remove shows from your list. However, managing your account still requires opening the web browser.
Free; from $8 per person per month for additional features
Some people use the web version of this popular workplace group chat app, but who wants to manage another browser tab? The Slack app makes it easy for you to interact with your teammates, including sharing pictures and even meeting for group video or voice calls. It pairs well with Windows 11’s notifications and focus assist mode (in case you don’t want to be bothered by its notifications). Small teams can use it for free with some restrictions; the full service starts at $8 per user with an annual commitment.
The latest teenage mobile internet sensation is available as a Windows Store app. The TikTok Windows app not only lets you consume all that dance and comedy content, it also lets you download videos from your PC, although it doesn’t support direct download from a PC’s webcam. . You can also send direct messages and buy coins to support your favorite creators in the app. It’s free but supported by ads.
Love it for its breaking tendencies or hate it for all its anonymous trolls, Twitter is part of modern life and a way to stay in touch with what’s going on. The Windows Store app is a PWA that lets you see what your favorite celebrities and pols are talking about right now. The app lets you switch between multiple accounts for all your tweets, retweets, and heartings. It’s completely free, although ads appear in your feed.
If you’re communicating with someone outside of the United States or who doesn’t use an iPhone, chances are you’re one of WhatsApp’s more than 5 billion users worldwide. world. The Windows Store app not only lets you send and receive end-to-end encrypted text chats with your contacts, but also use it for video and voice calls. Use disappearing messages; Update your profile; or send photos, emoji and voice messages in this simple Windows Store app. Luckily, you can now use the same WhatsApp account on multiple PCs, but not simultaneously (just tap the Use button here). It’s free, with no ads or upgrade purchases offered.