- Panos Panay has confessed on behalf of Microsoft that he would love to see Steam and Epic Games Store as part of the Windows 11 store;
- The declaration is related to Microsoft Store's policy of greater openness;
- However, such a deal could be disadvantageous for the aforementioned services, which would have to share their profits.
Microsoft has long claimed that the new version of the store available in Windows 11 will be more open compared to the version known from Windows 10. These assurances were also repeated on the occasion of the presentation of the new OS. A recent statement by Panos Panay, executive director of products for Windows devices, is another manifestation of this approach. In fact, he revealed that he's eager to see the apps of Steam and Epic Games in Microsoft Store.
The move is based on the idea of simplifying life for Windows 11 users, and the developers have tried to make it as intuitive and user-friendly as possible. This also applies to downloading new apps. Microsoft Store is supposed to enable us to easily find the widest possible range of programs and install them on our computer. So it's obvious that it would also want to include the likes of Steam and Epic Games Store, which are used by gamers all over the world.
However, money can stand in the way of this kind of collaboration. According to current Microsoft policy, Steam and Epic Games Store would have to share profits from game sales. Such terms of the agreement may in turn be unfavorable to the companies of Gabe Newell and Tim Sweeney. However, the willingness to cooperate, which was announced by Panos Panay, may mean that somehow they will come to an agreement.