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    What are the best Microsoft Store alternatives?

    Microsoft Store is described as 'A world of apps in the Microsoft Store' and is a software installer in the online services category. There are more than 25 alternatives to Microsoft Store for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Linux, Online / Web-based, Mac and SaaS. The best alternative is Steam, which is free. Other great apps like Microsoft Store are Chocolatey, Npackd, AppAgg and Snap Store .

    Microsoft Store is mainly a Software Installer but alternatives to it may also be Package Managers or App Stores. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Microsoft Store.
    This page was last updated Feb 18, 2022
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    1. Steam is a digital distribution, digital rights management, multiplayer and communications platform developed by Valve Corporation.
    2. Chocolatey NuGet is a Machine Package Manager, somewhat like apt-get, but built with Windows in mind. It is built on top of NuGet command line and the NuGet infrastructure.
      Most users think Chocolatey is a great alternative to Microsoft Store.


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      Npackd (pronounced "unpacked") is an application store/package manager/marketplace for applications for Windows. It helps you to find and install software, keep your system up-to-date and uninstall it if no longer necessary.
      Most users think Npackd is a great alternative to Microsoft Store.
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      A web based Application Aggregator. Support all major platforms: Android, iOS, macOS, Windows, Steam, Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo.
    3. The Snap Store gives you instant access to thousands of free and open-source applications. And now you can buy apps from some of the leading providers too. All our software is easy to find and install so you can have a customised desktop that suits you in no time.
      Most users think Snap Store is a great alternative to Microsoft Store.


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      OneGet is a unified interface to package management systems and aims to make Software Discovery, Installation and Inventory (SDII) work via a common set of cmdlets (and eventually a set of APIs).
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      NuGet is a Visual Studio extension that makes it easy to install and update open source libraries and tools in Visual Studio.
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      It's only for tools for Visual Studio. Microsoft Store is a platform for apps in general.
      Negative comment about 1 year ago

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      RuckZuck is a free Software Package Manager for Windows, designed to keep the Software on your System(s) up to date even if the Software was not installed with RuckZuck.
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      FreeToGame is a gaming platform that provides access to the best free-to-play games and MMO Games while rewarding gamers with free premium in-game loot, special offers and exclusive perks at no cost to the user!
    4. A software manager for the Linux Mint operating system to easily install new applications.
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