Opera GX is now available in the Microsoft Store for Windows 10 and 11
The Opera browser made its debut in the Microsoft Store, along with the Yandex browser, when the Redmond Company announced the new Store experience in September. Last month, Mozilla joined the competition by launching Firefox in the store. Now, Opera has installed its gaming-focused browser, Opera GX, on the Microsoft Store.
The browser is available for Windows 10 and 11. The application is free and its download is approximately 106.2 MB, which is approximately the size of the offline installer for the 64-bit version of the program, which you can find on their site. Web. . Opening the About Opera page confirms that the app is indeed the 64-bit version, it matches the latest stable version, Opera_GX_82.0.4227.44.
The Microsoft Store version of Firefox uses a different user profile and allows you to run the app alongside the standalone desktop version. However, the Opera GX store application is identical to your normal browsing and uses the same profile. In fact, the app even shows up on the Control Panel’s Programs and Features page, if you need more confirmation about the two versions. Did you know that Microsoft is replacing this screen with the Settings app? Read our previous coverage for more details.
However, I gave the Opera GX store app a spin and had no problems with it. If you’re a regular user, you may want to get it from the Store to keep your browser up to date automatically, although the standalone version offers the same convenience. The only advantage is when you are installing the browser from scratch, on a fresh Windows installation, or want to uninstall and reinstall it. You no longer need to use Edge as a go-between to get to Opera’s browser, something the company itself poked fun at. Twitter.
Do you want to download Opera GX in the Microsoft Store? Well, you will have to open the store app and search for the browser manually. I can’t find the share button on the app page, and even the ad Article on the Opera blog doesn’t have a link to the store listing. Therefore, we are unable to provide you with a direct link.
It seems a bit strange as all other apps have the share button at the bottom/top of the page. Searching for the web store makes it weirder. Here’s what the store results will show you when you search for Opera. The app does not appear in the results, which can only mean that it is hidden from browsers, that is, the result can be accessed exclusively from the Store app. And here is a similar search query for the term Firefox, which shows the appropriate result. Opera main browser which was released 3 months ago also doesn’t have share button and direct link to store listing. It won’t be a big deal for most users, but if you want to check the screenshots or read the system requirements from your web browser, you can’t. Fortunately, the store’s search function works correctly, which is saying something.
Until recently, the Microsoft Store was showing irrelevant results for keywords, in particular for the term Firefox, which I highlighted above. The improvements we’ve seen recently to the store app certainly make it more tolerable than the previous version, which was clunky at best. It’s certainly interesting to see more desktop software coming to the Store. We now have Amazon, Epic Games Store, WhatsApp Beta to name a few quality apps that have been released recently. Now that Microsoft has opened up the store to support various frameworks, hopefully more developers will bring their creations to the platform.
One change I’d like to see is for the Microsoft Store web app to use the same interface as its desktop counterpart. It’s not a constant experience