The app store in Windows is an online store where you can find and install new software for your computer. Some apps are free, and some apps will cost money. Once you know how it works, it's fairly easy to install software from the app store. This video shows you how to get started.
- [Instructor] There are a lot of useful apps that come bundled with Windows 10. But I'm pretty confident that you'll hit a point where you want or need to install some other application. There are a few ways to install new software, you should probably start with the Windows store. In the previous chapter we saw that you can use the Windows store to buy music and videos, but of course, you can also use it to buy new applications. So I'm going to launch the Windows store, I can do that from the Start menu or I happen to have it pinned to the task bar. So I'll click on that to open it up.
Now looking at the top of the window I can see that we start in the home section. And there are a few different categories we can flip between. I could go over to Apps or Games, or Music and TV Shows as we saw in the previous chapter. Now apps and games basically work the same. Both of these sections contain new applications that you can install on your computer. So you could browse through those sections, or you could go back to Home and kind of browse through some of the popular apps that are here on this front page.
As you browse the store you will see apps that are free and some that cost money. We're going to take a look at both. Also, keep in mind that Windows 10 is designed to run on desktop computers, tablets and even smart phones. So some of the applications that you see in the store are designed for smart phones, but they'll still work on desktop computers as well. Now before you can buy or download an app, you will need to be logged in with a Microsoft online account. Remember in chapter one when we talked about logging in to your computer with a Microsoft online account or a basic local account? No matter how you sign in to your computer, you can still browse the app store.
But you do need to be signed in with a Microsoft account in order to download any app. Whether it's free or it costs money. So if I go up here to the top of the window and I click on this little silhouette icon, it will open up and it will show me my account information. I'm already signed in, so it shows me that I'm signed in. If you're not already signed in, you'll be prompted to either sign in or create a new account. You may also want to go down to payment options and set up a credit card with your account.
If you want to buy any app that costs money you will need to have credit card information saved there. I already have all that set up, so I can start browsing and buying apps now. So let's start with a free app. You could look through all of the suggested apps here on the front page, but here at the top of the screen, under the main banner, there are options for top apps, featured, top games, collections, you could browse through those as well. Or you could perform a search. So let's just go straight to the search, and I'm going to search for an app called Evernote.
I'll click on that. And I can see that this is a free app. Now before we install this app, I want to take a quick look at a few things. All the way down here near the bottom there's a bunch of information here. I want to go and find this line that says, this app has permission to do the following. This is a list of the features that this app will be able to access on my computer. If I do not want to let this app have access to my webcam or my microphone, for example, I might not want to install this app.
But there is a little bit more to that story, which we'll see later in this chapter. There's a separate movie dedicated to helping you understand app permissions. Now you should also scroll up here and take a look at this line that says available on, in this case it's available on PC. Apps in the Microsoft store may run on a PC, a tablet, or a smart phone. So make sure this app is right for the device that you're using. And you should also take a look here at system requirements. I can see that this app requires Windows 8 or higher, I'm using Windows 10, so it should be fine.
I actually see the little green check mark, telling me I am fine. And I need an X86 processor, that's really standard. You generally don't have to think about that. So, of course, I have the check mark there as well. So you should take a quick look at system requirements just to make sure that your computer is powerful enough to run this app. And this is usually not an issue with simple apps like Evernote, but it's more important to look at for high end games. For now, let's install this app. I'm going to scroll back up here to the top. I see a button that says free. That means I can install it for free.
So I'm going to click on that button. So it'll take a moment to download and install this app and when it's done, there's a button here to launch the app, right here inside of the store. Or, of course, I could go into the Start menu, I see that app is here under the recently added section, or I could just scroll through my list of all apps and I could find it here. I could launch it here or I could pin it to the start screen, whatever I want. But that's not what we want to work with right now. So let's just go back to the store. Next I want to go back to the home screen in the store, so I'll hit this home button here at the top left.
And scrolling here on the front page, I can see the Facebook app is right here. But there's something interesting here. Instead of saying free or having a price tag, it actually says owned. And if I click on this, I'll get more information about this app, and I see the button here says install. You see, I've already purchased this app. Technically it is another free app, but since I've downloaded it on another computer, using the same Microsoft account that I'm using here, the store has recorded that I've already purchased this app.
So instead of saying free or giving me a price, it just gives me the opportunity to install it here on this computer as well. So if you do buy an app that actually costs money, you can download it again on a different computer if you're signed in to the same Microsoft account. Now let's look at another one. This time instead of browsing, I'm going to do another search. I'm just going to search for a popular game called Angry Birds. I'll type that in, I'll hit enter, and I can see some options here. Some of these are free and some of them cost money.
Now you may be wondering why some of these apps have this green Xbox label up at the top. Today, Xbox is more that just a video game console. It's a larger ecosystem and it includes an app on Windows that will allow gamers to play together online. With some games you can play against a friend, even if you're using a computer and your friend is using an actual Xbox console. Now we're not really going to be getting into the Xbox gaming system here in this course, but the games that have that Xbox label are compatible with that system.
But otherwise they work the same as any other apps on your computer. So generally you don't have to worry about it. So, let's click on this one, Angry Birds Space, which is a fairly popular game. So, as always, we should scroll down, check the available on information, check the system requirements, and see if there's anything that the app has permission to use on my computer. It has permission to use the internet connection, that's pretty standard. Now if I go back up to the top, I can see that this app costs $3.49.
If I want to pay that price for that app, I can just tap on this button that says buy and it will download and install it. So let's do that. I'll click on Buy and in this case it's asking me to confirm that I'm signed in to my account by typing in my password. I'll hit Sign In, it's conforming that it's going to charge $3.49 to my credit card, which I've already set up in the account, that's fine, I'll hit Buy. And just like the free app, it's going to take some time to download and install that app on my computer.
The Windows store is not the only way to install new software in Windows 10 and we'll see some other options later in this chapter. But it is a very easy system to use. So if you can find the application that you need in the Windows store, it's probably the best way to go.
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- Launching applications
- Interacting with windows, menus, and ribbons
- Multitasking to switch between multiple applications
- Switching to Tablet mode
- Browsing and managing files and folders with the File Explorer
- Browsing the web with Edge
- Working with email, contacts, and calendars
- Using and installing apps
- Managing display and account settings
- Searching with Cortana
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