Microsoft Releases Windows 11 Insider Build 25131 and ARM64 Microsoft Store

Microsoft has released today the Windows 11 preview build 25131 for Insiders in the Dev Channel. This new build includes a long list of bug fixes for Windows Search, File Explorer, and more, but there are no new features this time around.

However, Microsoft has also started rolling out a Microsoft Store Update which brings native ARM64 support, as well as faster navigation. Despite the store getting a fresh coat of paint with Windows 11, the app has remained pretty sluggish.

This Microsoft Store update will hopefully change that, and you can check out the performance improvements in the GIF below:

Faster navigation in the Microsoft Store.

Microsoft also did some work to improve how automatic app updates are installed: The Microsoft Store will now skip over updates for apps that you have already opened to prevent any data loss, which is really welcome.

This Microsoft Store update introduces better media purchase options for movies and TV shows. After selecting a TV show or movie in the Store, you’ll now see a single list showing all the different viewing options available for you.

Lastly, this Store update also brings support for the pop-up store experience for free Android apps on the Store. “When you’re browsing the web, you might discover a new app. If it’s available in the Microsoft Store, we’ll show you a pop-up experience to help you install it,” the Windows Insider team explained.

Microsoft announced at its Build conference last month that the Windows Insiders will soon be able to test a new “Restore Apps” feature to quickly reinstall all their apps on a new PC, but this feature isn’t available yet. We’re also still waiting for Microsoft to start testing File Explorer tabs, which has been a top-requested feature for many years.

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  • navarac

    02 June, 2022 - 2:43 pm

    <p>Improved Media Purchases in the Store? Gotta be kidding me. I wouldn’t trust Microsoft not to discontinue it in the next year or so, like everything else they botch.</p>

    • ecumenical

      02 June, 2022 - 4:13 pm

      <p>People have been saying this since they killed their other consumer stuff like Band, Phone, Groove… but for whatever reason movies and tv content have always stuck around. I think maybe they like having it available on the Xbox. And anyway it’s good for rentals.</p>

    • darkgrayknight

      Premium Member
      02 June, 2022 - 6:31 pm

      <p>Also, you can tie it to Movies Anywhere and get any of the purchased movies on other platforms (Prime Video, YouTube, Vudu, etc.). The only limitation is if the movie is not available in Movies Anywhere.</p>

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