Notepad will be available at the Windows Store, says Microsoft’s Terry Myerson
One of Windows 10’s biggest strengths, is that most of its apps are available at the Windows Store.
And one more app could be made available at the online marketplace, Notepad.
Yes, the basic text editor app may join the likes of Microsoft Edge, Mail and Calendar, Photos and other “modern” Windows Apps at the Windows Store.
According to Microsoft News, the announcement comes from Microsoft’s Executive Vice President of the Windows and Devices Group, Terry Myerson, who was interviewed by CNN, after the launch of Windows 10. This is what he said:
“Even applications like Notepad — I hope that’s in the store soon,” said Myerson. “So we’ll start getting ratings and reviews on Notepad. It’s always humbling.”
Why is this so important?
Well, it is actually very important. For starters, Microsoft can push updates to the app through the Store, which allows it to fix bugs, and also patch in more features. By doing so, it will also get user feedback, which can be used to further improve the application.
To be honest, Notepad still looks boring, and lacks even the most basic options like a spell-checker. It would be wonderful to see the Redmond company breathe fresh life in to the legacy app, which a nice UI and modern features.
As you may have read from my previous write ups, we have seen official mockup images of Mozilla Firefox app being readied for Windows 10, as well as the recently released Twitter for Windows 10 universal app.
Is the Windows Store the future of apps? What if all the apps you wanted were available from one place? Let’s analyze how this could impact Windows users.
First of all, Windows Store as a one-stop-solution for app downloads is not exactly a bad idea, especially considering that nobody is forcing users to download apps from the Store. You will still be able to get them from the developer’s website, or even from reputed third party software hosting sites.
In fact, it would be great to have some of our favorite and daily use apps available at the Windows Store, which would allow users to get updates more easily, and its more convenient than to download and install every app manually. Besides staying up-to-date with apps, we could also be assured that apps are more secure.
The winner of this move, if it ever happens, will be none other Microsoft itself. Yes, the Redmond company could actually get more users at the Windows Store, which in turn could help attract even more developers.