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The Microsoft Store app will soon start offering Surface and other hardware

The new Microsoft Store app could soon start offering hardware devices such as the Surface. (Source: Windows Central)
The new Microsoft Store app could soon start offering hardware devices such as the Surface. (Source: Windows Central)
The Microsoft Store app will soon offer users to buy Surface and other partner hardware directly from within the app. Although hidden for now, this could be part of Microsoft's efforts to consolidate all marketplaces into one cohesive Store interface.

Soon, you will be able to shop for Microsoft and partner hardware right from the Microsoft Store app. Microsoft watcher, Walking Cat, has discovered a hidden link to the Store, which opens the Surface product page in the app. The page lists the various Surface devices on offer along with Surface accessories. Interestingly, neither the Surface Book nor the Surface Book 2 are listed on the page yet. 

To access the dedicated Surface page, simply type ms-windows-store://navigatetopage/?PageName=ShopSurface into the address bar of the Edge browser (other browsers will not work) or the Run dialog box. This will open the Store app featuring the dedicated product page for the Surface range of devices and their accessories. You can directly initiate a purchase via the Store listing and it supports Windows Hello for purchase authentication. Apparently, according to user yepp on MSPoweruser, some Windows 10 Mobile handsets are also accessible via hidden links. For example, the Acer Liquid Jade Primo Bundle can be accessed via the link ms-windows-store://pdp/?productid=8w7zvl8321jq

Over the past week, Microsoft has pushed an update to the Windows Store app on all PCs and mobile devices, and re-branded the app to Microsoft Store. Just like how the company is unifying its core Windows OS across platforms, this is a move to consolidate the various Stores split across PC, mobile, Xbox, HoloLens, and now physical hardware. While there is no exact information on when this feature will go public, it is very much likely that the new Microsoft Store will feature other products such the Xbox consoles, partner PC hardware, Mixed Reality headsets, and much more.

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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2017-10-29 (Update: 2017-10-29)
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam
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I am a cell and molecular biologist and computers have been an integral part of my life ever since I laid my hands on my first PC which was based on an Intel Celeron 266 MHz processor, 16 MB RAM and a modest 2 GB hard disk. Since then, I’ve seen my passion for technology evolve with the times. From traditional floppy based storage and running DOS commands for every other task, to the connected cloud and shared social experiences we take for granted today, I consider myself fortunate to have witnessed a sea change in the technology landscape. I honestly feel that the best is yet to come, when things like AI and cloud computing mature further. When I am not out finding the next big cure for cancer, I read and write about a lot of technology related stuff or go about ripping and re-assembling PCs and laptops.