Microsoft removes Google's Chrome installer from the Windows Store

Microsoft removes Google's Chrome installer from the Windows Store

But that didn't stop Google and Microsoft from adding a download link for Chrome to the Microsoft Store today, December 19.

You can get the same effect by going to Google.

Microsoft noted the app did not "provide unique and distinct value", and suggested "Google to build a Microsoft Store browser app compliant with our Microsoft Store policies". The company has quietly released a Google Chrome installer app in the Microsoft Store, but it's a simple web wrapper that will redirect you to the Chrome download page in your default web browser (via The Verge). It opens up the Chrome download page so the method of getting Chrome on your Windows 10 PC remains essentially the same as before.




But if it's a joke, Windows users weren't feeling it.

The handful of reviews of the "app" make it clear that the first few users who found the app are none too happy that it's just a link and not the actual browser. The exception is Microsoft's locked-down Windows 10 S. Instead, a Chrome launcher now is in the Store. Those users will find that this Google Chrome Installer app doesn't help at all: While users can download the file, Windows 10 S won't let them run the software. Microsoft stells Business Insider it was because the app violated Microsoft Store policies. The installer app appeared to be completely official, linking to Google's other applications in the Microsoft store for example. The company has also said previously that if Google packaged Chrome using the Desktop Bridge and submitted it to the Store, that wouldn't be accepted either. While these Electron apps aren't full browsers, they can, at least to an extent, display some Web content.

Since this involves using the Edge rendering engine this is very unlikely to happen.

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