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  1. Joined : Oct 2014
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       02 May 2015 #11

    Tylerhav said: View Post
    Then what's the point of the universal Windows store?
    If you're using Windows 8/8.1, anything in the Store is available to you to install and use.

    If you're using Windows 10, there are two versions of the Store: the regular Store (which I believe is the same as the Store in Windows 8/8.1) and the beta store [Store (Beta)].

    The Store (Beta) cannot be seen nor used in Windows 8/8.1. It's a Beta and will eventually replace the old Store.

    It's my guess that Windows 8/8.1 will continue to see only those apps in the Store that are compatible with that OS while Windows 10 will see all the apps that it can run.

    As far as I know, you cannot download anything from the Store; you have to install it if you want it. Which isn't normally something I want to do.
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  2.    02 May 2015 #12

    so win 10 will support apps from the store and store (beta) but win 8.1 only form the first. Am I right?
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  3. Joined : Oct 2013
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       02 May 2015 #13

    Wynona said: View Post
    Strollin, there is a Store (Beta) and the regular Store in Windows 10. Anything in the regular Store will be available to Windows 8.1. The Store (Beta) itself is not available to Windows 8.1; thus nothing there can be had for Windows 8.1. Probably some of the apps will run in Windows 8.1, but you'll have to get them from the regular Store.

    The two things I'm reasonably sure that won't run in Windows 8.1 are: Microsoft Office for Windows 10 and Microsoft Solitaire Collection Preview. Both are in the Store (Beta) but not in the regular Store; thus, cannot be seen in Windows 8.1.
    What makes you think that the apps in the Beta Store aren't the exact same apps as in the regular Store? The only difference is the Store app itself as far as I can tell.
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  4. Joined : Oct 2013
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       02 May 2015 #14

    Tylerhav said: View Post
    Then what's the point of the universal Windows store?
    Tylerhav said: View Post
    What's the point of universal Windows store?
    Tylerhav said: View Post
    I'm so confused
    The Universal Apps / App Store does not mean a Windows app works in every Windows. A desktop app running well in Windows 8 and 10 might have issues in XP and Vista, no "Universal" label will solve that.

    The Universal apps are apps that run on a desktop, laptop, tablet and mobile phone in Windows 10 OS. Not all Windows 10 apps will be universal, the coders need to design the app to be universal, to work on each of Windows 10 platforms. Even those apps that are universal do not automatically look and behave the same way, due different display size and so on. The Universal label means that the app is available for all Windows platforms, with platform specific differences in its looks, behavior and way to use it.
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  5. Joined : Oct 2014
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       02 May 2015 #15

    jisr7 said: View Post
    so win 10 will support apps from the store and store (beta) but win 8.1 only form the first. Am I right?
    As far as I know, yes.
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  6. Joined : Oct 2014
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       02 May 2015 #16

    strollin said: View Post
    What makes you think that the apps in the Beta Store aren't the exact same apps as in the regular Store? The only difference is the Store app itself as far as I can tell.
    Main reason is that I can get Office for Windows 10 from the Beta Store, but not from the regular Store. I can also get the Preview of Microsoft Solitaire Collection Preview from the Beta Store too. If you'd like to check it out, open the Store (not Beta) in Windows 8.1 (and maybe Windows 10) and search for Office for Windows 10 or Microsoft Solitaire Collection Preview

    Methinks Office for Windows 10 will be an incentive for folks to upgrade to Windows 10.

    Edit: I have no doubt that some of the apps in the Beta Store are exactly the same as in the regular Store. However, I also have no doubt that some of them are not the same.
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  7. Joined : Oct 2013
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       02 May 2015 #17

    I have pretty much ignored the Beta Store app in the past since it was so buggy it was virtually unusable. It does seem to be better in the current build.

    I still say it's the Store app itself that is a Beta not the whole Store.
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  8. Joined : Oct 2014
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       02 May 2015 #18

    strollin said: View Post
    I have pretty much ignored the Beta Store app in the past since it was so buggy it was virtually unusable. It does seem to be better in the current build.

    I still say it's the Store app itself that is a Beta not the whole Store.
    Yeah, the "regular" Store works as it has all along. And the Beta Store is much, much better than it was, although I've been able to download and use Office for Windows 10 (Word, Excel and PowerPoint) except for a couple of builds where things were bugged up.
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  9. Joined : Sep 2014
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       03 May 2015 #19

    Tylerhav said: View Post
    I'm trying to get an answer! Will Windows 10 apps run on 8.1?
    Much like regular applications, some apps require a certain OS version to run because they depend on functionality that only exists in the new OS. So the answer is "it depends" because it depends entirely on what functionality the app uses. If it needs functionality that is only in Windows 10, then no.. it won't run on Windows 8. But if it only uses functionality that is present in 8 or 10, then it will work.

    For instance, if an app required Cortana, then it's not going to work in Windows 8.
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  10. Joined : Oct 2013
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       03 May 2015 #20

    strollin said: View Post
    I still say it's the Store app itself that is a Beta not the whole Store.
    No, that is not the case. The Store (Beta) has some apps only available there, meaning they are only available for Windows 10. The normal Store is the same for Windows 8, 8.1 and 10, the apps which are only available in Store (Beta) are only for Windows 10.

    A good example is the free preview versions of Excel, PowerPoint and Word, the Office preview apps. They are not available for Windows 8 and 8.1, therefore they are not available in Store but can be downloaded and installed from Store (Beta) for Windows 10. In screenshot searching Office Preview in both stores:

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