When using Windows 8 Windows Store apps are available on your desktop. Learn all about Windows 8 downloading from the store here.
The Windows Store is where you'll download new apps for your Windows 8 device, much like the App Store for Apple devices. Most apps are designed to run from the Start screen. In this lesson, you'll learn how to browse the store, download and install apps, and update apps when necessary.
You'll need to sign in with your Microsoft account to use the Windows Store. Check out our Microsoft Account tutorial to learn more about creating a Microsoft account.
Apps in the Store are sorted by category, such as Games, Shopping, and Social Networking.
To search for apps, use the search bar in the top-right corner.
When you select an app, you'll see more details on the app information page, including the price, user reviews, and requested permissions.
The store features thousands of apps that you can download and install. Many are free or moderately priced, making it easy to find and enjoy new apps. Your downloaded apps will be associated with your Microsoft account, so you'll only have to purchase apps once.
You can try certain apps for a limited time before deciding to purchase them. Just click the Try button (when available) to download a demo of the app.
You may find some apps in the store that are designed to work only in the Desktop view. After navigating to the app information page, click Go to publisher's website and then follow the instructions to download and install the app.
Apps may periodically receive updates, which can help keep them running smoothly and even add features. If updates are available for any of your apps, a link for Updates will appear in the top-right corner of the store.
You may also notice available updates from the Start screen if the Store tile is active as a live tile.