When Microsoft debuted Windows 10 S at an event last week, it billed its inability to install apps from outside the confines of the Windows Store as a security feature. Unfortunately, that's also inevitably going to cause some limitations, one of which is a likely restriction on browser choice.
Technically, Microsoft notes that any browser can come to the Windows Store. And in theory, that could also include Win32 browsers like Chrome and Firefox. However, a provision in the Windows Store Policies recently spotted by ZDNet would effectively deter that:
Your app must not jeopardize or compromise user security, or the security or functionality of the device, system or related systems.
In a separate statement provided to ZDNet, a Microsoft spokesman said:
It's a restriction that's similarly seen in iOS, which requires browsers to use their rendering engines. Google's Chrome OS itself is restricted to using the Chrome browser. It's entirely possible that Google could opt to build a separate UWP browser built around the rendering engine found in Windows, but, as ZDNet points out, Google's track record with Windows apps makes that unlikely.
Thanks to Malcolm for the tip!
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