Microsoft Store prepared to host third-party stores like Epic

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  • The new Microsoft Store is set to launch alongside third-party stores.
  • Epic games store part of the new stores on board.
  • These stores will be available upon the release of Windows 11.

The Microsoft store is set to have a launch alongside the long-awaited Windows 11 on October 5. Well, users can now expect more from the launch.

The Microsoft Store will now be onboarding third-party stores. This comes days after the Amazon store made its way to the store.

Welcome to the family

Microsoft had announced that they wanted more third-party app stores in the new OS, so this news is not a surprise. Amazon had already made its way among the first stores to join, and now more are joining. The Epic Store will bring their products, and more stores are expected to join the family in the future. 

Less punitive policies

Microsoft policies are now inclusive and allow third-party store applications. This gives users even more reason to upgrade to Windows 11 once it is released. As part of the policies, Microsoft will not be demanding a share of the revenue from the new stores.

This will probably serve as an incentive and encourage more shops to hop on the bandwagon.

The company had earlier loosened its policies on its rival browsers. This has seen Opera and Yandex make their way to the Microsoft Store to serve as alternatives to Edge browser.

When you think about it, this creates healthy competition as users are not limited to Microsoft-owned browsers.

Competitive advantage

The move puts Microsoft ahead of Apple’s Mac store by providing a wider variety. Users have more reasons to install Windows 11. Although there is no mention of other apps coming to the store, it is only a matter of time until they join in.

This puts Microsoft as a more open and inclusive alternative than its competitors.

For now, we can only wait and see what other stores will take up the offer and join the family.

Are you excited about the new stores coming to the Microsoft store? What are your expectations? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.