If the Microsoft Store on Windows 10 PCs is a digital store where users can download apps, games, movies, and TV shows, the Business Store and The Education Store are dedicated to the distribution and management of applications in organizations or schools. Now, according to ZDNet, Microsoft plans to close Windows 10’s commercial and education stores.
As Windows 10 remains an open platform, many application developers continue to ignore the Microsoft Store and continue to publish their applications independently. Microsoft has recently managed to get big developers such as Apple, Facebook, Adobe or Spotify to accept the Microsoft Store, but there is still a long way to go to make the Microsoft Store the best way to install apps on Windows 10 PCs.
ZDNet said the last update on the Business and Education Store Support page was released in October 2018, showing the decline of commercial and educational stores. ZDNET said Microsoft would close the stores by the end date of the current fiscal year, which is June 30, 2020, and there is a debate within Microsoft.
The Microsoft Store remains one of the most important apps on Windows 10, and it is also used to update other Windows apps, such as Windows 10 Mail and Calendar, Skype or Notes. The store also plays a major role in Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 10X operating system, which has invited developers to update their App Store app for dual-screen devices to be released later this year.