Microsoft pulls Google Chrome Installer from the Microsoft Store
Well, that was fast.
Google today released a glorified Chrome installer on the Microsoft Store, acting as a way to offer Chrome through Microsoft's app store without having to adhere to its requirements for browsers. But it seems Microsoft wasn't too thrilled with this clever move, as the app, called "Google Chrome Installer" (opens in new tab), has been pulled from the Microsoft Store.
In a statement to The Verge, a Microsoft spokesperson confirmed the removal, stating "we have removed the Google Chrome Installer App from Microsoft Store, as it violates our Microsoft Store policies." Microsoft instead invites Google to "build a Microsoft Store browser app compliant with our Microsoft Store policies."
The policies governing the Microsoft Store state that any browser listed among its ranks must use Microsoft's own rendering engine. The "Google Chrome Installer" app got around this by simply acting as downloader for the standard Chrome desktop app. While that could potentially come in handy for people searching for Chrome on the Microsoft Store, it could be confusing to Windows 10 S users, who would be able to download the installer app, but wouldn't be able to install Chrome itself.
In the grand scheme of things, this isn't likely to have a huge impact, as anyone running Windows 10 can continue to simply use Edge to download the Chrome installer upon setting up a computer. As for whether we'll ever see a functional version of Chrome hit the Microsoft Store, that remains unlikely.
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Thanks for correcting me
and windows10S still unable to install if it's not actual app from the store, so it's basically useless, and is good to remove it before it's getting too many download and too many complain that it's wont work on 10S.
The only useful thing about them is being able to update stuff from a single place, but *NIX package managers can do exactly that, and support adding 3rd party app sources.
Is exe safer than uwp? How about no-name ones? Will people clean up messes in the reg during uninstallation? As an indie or startup, do you want to do your own installer, updater, uninstaller, crack-proof and advertisement your exe like enterprises do? If MsStore failed or non-exist... what keeps consumers jumping to other OSes? iOS and Android might be fast enough one day to run traditional productivity Windows application and if one gets ported, others will follow. There won't be Windows anymore and is already too late to do anything to save it. * Other benefits... MsStore is also shared with (win10s, win10arm,) IOT, AR, MR and xboxes, and XPA is a good feature.
Read the listing that the installer had; it says to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro in order to use the said Google Chrome Installer.
But Google is no small fry so they might be able to strike a deal with MS to use their engine. And if anything goes wrong, we know where Google is located. * This app won't work for Win10S users, this reason alone is enough to take it down imo.
Just like that useless Google app that has been on the Windows Store since the Windows 8.1 days that allow you to only access Google web searches.
Those who don't know are called non-techy (or older) relatives who have a tendency to find any app they want on "free application download site"s filled with viruses. And some just hate to be the ones who have to clean up the mess they do by not being able just enter the app name into a search engine, but use query strings like "<misspelled app name> free <language> download" those WILL bring up those shady sites.
This was just a scam since no body could ever use it except for the small percentage of Windows users on W10Pro.
>Violates MS's rules in an attempt to get Chrome onto the Windows Store Seems legit.
Scoogle has crossed all the limits of lowness blocking youtube on amazon Fire tv.
NO: Microsoft cannot afford to be petty at this point in history