Windows 10

Understanding Windows App Installer

by Russell Smith

Windows App Installer was first introduced in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update (1607) to make sideloading UWP apps easier. Since then, Microsoft has gradually been improving App Installer to provide most of the features found in the Microsoft Store. In this article, I look at how App Installer has developed and how it fits into the bigger picture.

Windows 10 Version 2004 (20H1) – Renaming Virtual Desktops and Restart Apps Feature

by Russell Smith

Most of the changes in Windows 10 version 2004, which is due to land in the first half of 2020, are under-the-hood. And the Windows 10 November 2019 Update got some of the changes that were in development as part of 20H1, like enhancements to search in File Explorer. This first article in a two-part series looks at the productivity improvements coming as part of Windows 10 version 2004.