Opera GX is now available on the Microsoft Store for Windows 10 and 11
The Opera browser made its Microsoft Store debut alongside the Yandex browser when the new Store experience was announced by the Redmond company in September. Last month, Mozilla joined the competition by launching Firefox on the store. Now, Opera has rolled out its gaming-centric browser, Opera GX, to the Microsoft Store.
The browser is available for Windows 10 and 11. The application is free and weighs around 106.2 MB to download, which is about the size of the offline installer for the 64-bit version of the program, which you can find on his website. . Opening the About Opera page confirms that the application is indeed the 64-bit version, it corresponds to the latest stable version, Opera_GX_82.0.4227.44.
The Microsoft Store version of Firefox uses a different user profile and lets you run the app alongside the standalone desktop version. Opera GX’s store app, however, is identical to its usual browsing and uses the same profile. In fact, the app even shows up in the Programs and Features page of Control Panel, if you need further confirmation on both versions. Did you know Microsoft is replacing this screen with the Settings app? Read our previous coverage for more details.
Nonetheless, I tried the Opera GX Store app and had no issues with it. If you’re a regular user, you might want to get it from the Store to keep your browser updated automatically, although the standalone version offers the same convenience. The only benefit is when you install the browser from scratch, on a fresh install of Windows, or want to uninstall and reinstall it. You no longer need to use Edge as a middleman to get Opera’s browser, which the company itself has scoffed at. Twitter.
Want to download Opera GX from the Microsoft Store? Well, you will have to open the store app and search for the browser manually. I can’t find the share button on the app page, and even the announcement the article on Opera’s blog does not have a link to redirect you to the list of stores. We therefore cannot provide you with a direct link.
It seems a bit strange, because all other apps have the share button at the bottom/top of the page. Searching the online store makes it weirder. here is what the store results will show you when searching for Opera. The application does not appear in the results, which means that it is hidden from browsers, i.e. the result is accessible exclusively from the Store application. And here is a similar search request for the term Firefox, which displays the correct result. The main Opera browser which was released 3 months ago also does not have the share button or the direct link to the store list. This won’t be a big deal for most users, but if you want to check screenshots or read system requirements from your web browser, you can’t. Luckily, the Store’s search function works fine, which is saying a lot.
Until recently, the Microsoft Store showed irrelevant results for keywords, including the term Firefox, which I highlighted above. The improvements we’ve seen recently on the Store app certainly make it more tolerable than the previous version, which was clunky at best. It’s certainly exciting to see more desktop programs coming to the Store. We now have Amazon, Epic Games Store, WhatsApp Beta, just to name a few great apps that have been released recently. Now that Microsoft has opened the store to support multiple frameworks, we hope more developers will bring their creations to the platform.
One change I’d like to see is for the Microsoft Store web app to use the same interface as its desktop counterpart. It’s not a consistent experience,