What is Windows Store?
Windows Store is an app store for Microsoft Windows, starting with Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012. It is the primary means of distributing Universal Windows Platform apps.
Both free and paid apps can be distributed through Windows Store, with paid apps ranging in cost from the US$0.99 to $999.99. Windows Store was first made available with the Windows 8 Consumer Preview on February 29, 2012. Later in 2015, Windows Phone Store, Xbox Video and Xbox Music stores were merged into Windows Store.
Microsoft rebranded the Windows Store to Microsoft Store
Starting with the Fall Creators Update in October 2017, Windows Store was revamped by Microsoft and changed its name to Microsoft Store. After the update, users were able to purchase more than apps, books, games, TV shows and movies.
In Microsoft Store, you can buy hardware including Microsoft’s Surface hardware, Windows Phone devices, Xbox One consoles, Windows 10 laptops, tablets and third-party devices and accessories.