Microsoft launched a new preview of Windows 10 for PC last week. As usual, the build 15042 introduces new features and above all fixes a very large number of small bugs. But there is a feature on which Microsoft has not yet communicated, and which a user of the OS has just identified: the system may block the installation of applications that have not been downloaded from the Windows Store. Should we prepare to say goodbye to Win32 apps?
Don’t panic: this new feature is not activated by default. To access it, you should actually go to the module Settings Windows 10 and then head over to the function System and on the option Applications and features. This is where we find a whole new function comes, and which allows to block the implementation of all applications that do not come from the Windows Store. Clear, all executables that have been used for decades can no longer be installed, and you have to turn to the Windows Store to try to find an equivalent.
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Currently, this feature only exists in the Windows 10 preview, but should logically be introduced in the Creators Update of the OS that will be released in April next. In addition, Microsoft seems to want to integrate it into all editions of Windows 10, including the version intended for businesses. This would obviously significantly boost downloads made via the Windows Store, but also to effectively secure your PC. Because Store apps are supposed to be much safer than those that you download here and there from the web. It remains to be seen how this new tool will react when we still want to install reliable Win32 applications, such as Adobe’s Creative Suite… Or even Microsoft software such as the Office suite!
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