Publish a new app to the Microsoft Store

June 24, 2021 PWA Builder documentation

This guide shows how to publish your PWA as a new app in the Store. If you already have an app in the Store, you should instead update your existing app.

Enroll in Windows developer program

Login to Windows Partner Center with your Microsoft account.

Then, go to your dashboard to see your enrolled programs. If Windows & Xbox is listed, great, you’re already enrolled. If not, choose Add program:
A screenshot that shows where the add program button is

Then, under Windows & Xbox, choose Get started:

A screenshot that shows where the Get Started button is

Create your app

Now that you’re enrolled in the Windows developer program, on the left-side nav bar, under Windows & Xbox, choose Overview, and click Create a new app:

A screenshot that shows where the create a new app button is

Start a new submission

If you haven’t yet generated your Windows app package through PWABuilder, do that first; you now have everything you need to generate your app package.

Once you’ve done that, follow the steps below.

Click Start a new Submission:

A screenshot that shows where the start a new submission button is

Add packages

On the submission details page, you’ll see your most recent app submission. Click Packages to upload your app packages:

A screenshot that shows where the packages button is

On the packages screen, click Browse your files. When browsing for your files, choose both package files, *.msixbundle and *.appxbundle.

💁🏾‍♂️ Heads up

Once your packages finish uploading, you may see warnings about restricted capabilities:
A screenshot that shows what the restricted capabilities warning looks like

These warnings can be safely ignored.

💁‍♂️ Other errors

If you’re getting other errors when uploading your packages, see fixing package errors.

Once you upload both package files, you should see something like this, with both packages listed:

A screenshot that shows what the packages list looks like

💁🏽‍♀️ Heads up:

Your classic app package has a lower version than the main app package. So if you packaged your PWA as version 2.0.0, the classic app package will be version 1.9.0. This way you can submit both packages as a single app.

Lastly, in the platforms support list, choose Windows 10 Desktop and uncheck all other platforms:

A screenshot that shows where the Windows 10 Desktop option is

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While your PWA will run on Windows 10 desktop today, we expect Xbox support to land in 2021. 😎

Click Save to save your packages and return to the submission details screen.

Complete remaining options

You should now see the submission status. Fill out any incomplete statuses:

A screenshot that shows what incomplete statuses will look like

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In Submission options, you may receive a warning about restricted capabilities:
A screenshot that shows what the restricted capability warning looks like

You can write, “Needed for PWA Hosted App model, created by

Complete all such statuses, then click Submit to the Store when finished.

Need more help?

If you’re having trouble with your app store submission, be sure to read fixing package errors.

If you’re still hitting issues, we’re here to help. You can open an issue and we’ll help walk you through it.

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