Launching apps from Windows 10’s Download section will soon be possible

By: Vamien McKalin
2 minute read

One of the strangest things we’ve seen with the Windows Store is the inability to open apps directly from the Downloads or Updates section. It has been like this for years but now, Microsoft  appears interested in making a change.

Some folks might wonder why this is important. Usually, the little things are what makes for a great user experience, so the inability to launch apps from the Downloads section means more effort put into launching an app just downloaded.

We are happy Microsoft has been listening to Windows Insiders and making plans to implement key changes to how things work within the Windows 10 operating system. It is worth pointing out that Microsoft plans to release this improvement in the next Insider update, though we’re not sure when the next one will be released.

Outside of making it possible for users to launch apps from the Downloads and updates section of the Windows Store, the software giant is aiming to add a feature song found in the Xbox Store.

If you’re purchasing a video game, it would be nice to be able to view clips of the game in action. Microsoft has realized this and as such is planning to launch a “Games Clip” feature to the Windows Store with the next Insider update. We’re not sure if these clips will be from users, similar to the Xbox Store, or from the game developers themselves.

Overall, we are very much behind the changes Microsoft is bringing to Windows 10 in the near future. We hope other important improvements are made in the coming months before the Anniversary Update is released on July 29, 2016. Don’t expect Microsoft to improve everything and add every new feature by then, though. Chances are we might have to wait until Redstone 2 in 2017 to see the implementation of some key things.


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