Windows 10 introduces a variety of new features when it comes to Windows Store apps. Windows Store apps now work similar to other windows you’re used to working with, giving you more functionality when using them. Microsoft is hoping to encourage users to give Windows Store apps a shot instead of abandoning them in Windows 8.
Let’s look at how Windows 10 apps have changed, along with how they work now, and why this is a benefit for Windows users.
Windows 10 Apps
When you first open any pre-installed app in Windows 10, it’ll open in a maximized window mode instead of full screen. This is the first major improvement to Windows apps.
You can quickly minimize the window, resize it, and move it around the screen as you see fit. You can take advantage of Windows snap, too, which we’ll feature a bit later in this post.
If you click on the “…” in the upper left-hand corner of the Windows app, you’ll find a new options menu.
Most of the options are pretty self-explanatory, mostly incorporating the Charms Bar functionality into the app.
You can search, share, play, print, or project depending on the type of app and what functionality is available.
If you click “Settings,” you can open the settings for that individual app to work with and customize as necessary.
Again, this is basically incorporating the Charms Bar directly in to the app instead of opening it with the WIN + C shortcut.
At the moment, Windows apps can’t be pre-loaded on startup like desktop apps. This is a feature some Windows 8 users asked for, but chances are Microsoft won’t add this feature anytime soon to Windows 10.
Windows Snap and Windows Store Apps
Windows Snap has been improved in Windows 10, allowing you to take advantage of Task View’s new features, too, to use up your screen’s real estate to the best of your ability. We’ve covered Windows Snap in more detail in our Task View post here.
Troubleshooting Windows App Issues
Depending on the number of Window apps you open at a time, you may have issues resizing and using snap. This is a known issue that Microsoft hopes to correct in later builds of Windows 10 and definitely before its ready for consumer release.
The changes to Windows 10 apps are a welcome development for Windows 8 users who were frustrated with full screen apps. Now, you can go back and forth as you see fit, then use the apps where you want them on your screen.
This development and improvement to Windows apps may encourage more users to actually use the Windows Store regularly and make use of everything it has to offer.