Microsoft announced at its annual Build developer conference that it will soon start testing a new feature to make it easier for users to restore apps onto a new Windows 11 PC. The existing Microsoft Store does not offer an automatic way to restore apps. Therefore, users have to resort to manually installing apps from their library. Notably, the software maker will soon start testing the feature in the Windows Insider channel.
An Easy Way For Windows 11 Users To Restore Apps To A New PC
According to Giorgio Sardo, General Manager of the Microsoft Store, the upcoming feature will help customers automatically restore apps that were previously installed from the Microsoft Store to their new Windows device. He further added that the feature will help developers retain their customers without having to remind them to re-download their app.
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If you switch PCs quite often, the ability to restore apps will help you transition quickly and seamlessly to the new machine. It will also be useful to developers who use virtual machines and multiple devices regularly. In the absence of the restore feature, users have to rely on third-party package managers for the same.
However, there is a catch—Microsoft is only going to restore apps that originate from the Microsoft Store. For applications such as Google Chrome, you’ll have to manually re-install it. For the restore feature to make a significant impact on productivity, we’ll need to see more apps in the Microsoft Store. The firm is trying to address this by finally removing the wait list for win32 apps, allowing developers to submit their apps without any delay.
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