Visual Studio finally appears on the Microsoft Store on Windows 11
It’s been almost a decade since Microsoft launched its app store on Windows 8. Obviously, the goal behind any app store is to be a place where you can safely find all the apps you want. you want, and that’s a goal Microsoft doesn’t have. I haven’t been able to achieve. In fact, the situation was so bad that the Redmond firm could not even get her own applications in its own store.
That changes with Windows 11. Indeed, the company announced today that you can get Visual Studio Code and Visual Studio Community from the Microsoft Store on the next generation operating system.
Hey everybody! Welcome @Visual Studio Community 2019 * and * Visual Studio @coded to the new Windows Store! Both FREE and available to Windows Insiders now! Interested in releasing your Win32 application? See https://t.co/HUDLwIJzY1 pic.twitter.com/MifCbd6hzt
– Scott Hanselman (@shanselman) 25 August 2021
The big change with the Microsoft Store in Windows 11 is that anyone can put any app that runs on Windows into the Store. Indeed, it took almost a decade to get there.
Back in the days of Windows 8, you made a brand new app to get it from the Windows Store. With Windows 8.1, the company launched what it called universal apps that were essentially separate user interfaces for Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1, but with a shared codebase.
Microsoft realized pretty quickly that this was a terrible plan. No one was rewriting their apps to access an immature platform like the Windows Store on Windows 8, and it didn’t look like Windows 8 and its fullscreen environment was going to take off significantly.
That’s where Windows 10 comes in. Microsoft released the Universal Windows Platform, which allowed developers to build an app with a responsive user interface for all Windows devices. But that was not all, because the Redmond firm no longer required you to completely rebuild your application.
He introduced four bridges, three of which actually shipped. Project Islandwood was a way to recompile existing iOS code to create a Windows app. Project Westminster lets you pack a hosted web app, and Project Astoria, the never-shipped one, lets you run Android apps on Windows. More important was the Centennial Project, which allowed developers to package their Win32 applications and place them in the Microsoft Store; in effect, you would no longer have to write a new application.
But that was still not enough. It wasn’t even enough for Microsoft to have its own apps in the Store. He installed Office 365 (now Microsoft 365) for a short time and eventually retired the suite of apps. Now with Windows 11 you can put all app in the Microsoft Store, and it doesn’t even need to be packaged.
In short, the fact that Visual Studio is finally in the Microsoft Store is a big problem. This is something that has been in the works for a decade, and it means that more complex applications can be distributed on the platform.
As mentioned earlier, the apps offered are both Visual Studio Code and Visual Studio Community. The latter is the full version of Visual Studio, and they’re both free.