Microsoft is finally adding a restore app to the Microsoft Store in Windows 11. Software manufacturers will soon start testing the new ability to restore apps to new Windows 11 PCs. The old Microsoft Store didn’t provide a way to automatically restore apps, instead, it forced Windows users to manually install apps from the library.
“We’ll be testing out a new feature in the Windows Insider channel soon that will help customers automatically restore previously installed apps from the Microsoft Store to their new Windows device to help customers transition quickly and seamlessly to their new PC,” says Microsoft Store. explains Giorgio Sardo, general manager of “It will also help developers retain customers without reminding them to re-download the app.”
App Restore is especially useful for consumers who change PCs frequently, or developers who regularly use virtual machines and multiple devices. Windows users have had to rely on a similar but more powerful albeit 3rd party package manager.
For this new restore feature to really make an impact, we’ll have to check out more apps in the Microsoft Store. There are signs of improvement over the past year as apps like Firefox, Zoom, Adobe Acrobat Reader, and OBS Studio all become available in stores. However, there are still many missing apps and Microsoft is working to address this by removing the waitlist for win32 applications and now opening the store to all app developers.
Microsoft is also improving the way Windows 11 users can search for apps, and when people are using Search to find apps, the results of apps in the Store will be listed in the search results. Windows Insiders will be able to test out this new app discovery feature from the Start menu soon. In related news, Microsoft will start supporting third-party widgets in Windows 11 later this year.