Opera GX is now available on the Microsoft Store for Windows 10 and 11
The Opera browser debuted in the Microsoft Store, alongside the Yandex browser, when the new Store Experience was announced by Redmond Company in September. Last month, Mozilla joined the competition by releasing Firefox on the store. Now Opera has rolled out its games-centric browser, Opera GX, to the Microsoft Store.
The browser is available for Windows 10 and 11. The application is free and its download is approximately 106.2MB, which is roughly the size of the offline installer for the 64-bit version of the program. , which you can find on their website. . Opening the About Opera page confirms that the application is indeed the 64-bit version, it corresponds to 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 with the stand-alone desktop version. However, Opera GX’s store app is identical to its usual navigation and uses the same profile. In fact, the app even shows up on the Programs and Features page of Control Panel, if you need further confirmation on both versions. Did you know that Microsoft is replacing this screen with the Settings app? Read our previous coverage for more details.
Nonetheless, I gave the Opera GX Store app a boost and had no issues with it. If you are a regular user, you might 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 benefit is when you install the browser from scratch, on a clean install of Windows, or want to uninstall and reinstall it. You no longer need to use Edge as a middleman to get Opera’s browser, which the company itself scoffed at. Twitter.
Want to download Opera GX from 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 announcement post on Opera’s blog doesn’t have a link to direct you to the store listing. We therefore cannot provide you with a direct link.
Seems a bit odd, as all other apps have the share button at the bottom / top of the page. Searching for the online store makes it stranger. Here’s what the store results will show you when you search for Opera. The application is not displayed in the results, which can only mean that it is hidden from browsers, that is to say that the result is accessible exclusively from the Store application. And here’s a similar search query for the term Firefox, which shows the correct result. Opera’s main browser released 3 months ago also doesn’t have the share button or direct link to the store listing. This 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 is working fine, which is to say something.
Until recently, the Microsoft Store was showing irrelevant results for keywords, including the term Firefox, which I highlighted above. The improvements we’ve seen recently on the Store app certainly make it more tolerable than the previous version, which was clunky at best. It is certainly interesting to see more desktop programs coming to the Store. We now have Amazon, Epic Games Store, WhatsApp Beta, to name just a few great apps that have been released recently. Now that Microsoft has opened the store to support multiple frameworks, hopefully more developers will bring their creations to the platform.
One change I’d like to see is that the Microsoft Store web app uses the same interface as its desktop counterpart. It’s not a consistent experience,