Windows 10’s Microsoft Store has had better weeks. After Apple delayed iTunes’ launch in the store, Google snuck a Chrome installer past Microsoft and the company had to remove it. I say “snuck” because this should not have happened in the first place.
Google’s argument for the Chrome installer is simple: Fake Chrome apps get into the Microsoft Store all the time, so an official entry will let users get the browser they want. Google points out that Microsoft is giving Edge preferential treatment and that it doesn’t do a good job of keeping its app store clean.
I love Microsoft, but…
Microsoft denies Chrome the tools it needs to protect users when installed from the Windows Store. (BTW, they grant those tools to Edge.)
So we made a mini-app to help users get the full, safe version of Chrome. It was pulled.https://t.co/0AACtC1nY3
— Chris Blume (@ProgramMax) December 20, 2017
Microsoft’s argument is that an installer doesn’t adhere to the store’s rules for an app. Furthermore, browsers in the Microsoft Store need to use EdgeHTML, the Edge rendering engine.
The debate then naturally shifts to who is in the right: Google or Microsoft? It doesn’t make sense for Google to offer an EdgeHTML version of Chrome, given there are just a handful of users running Windows 10 S, which can only launch apps from the Microsoft Store. Microsoft does not want to allow browsers with their own rendering engines into its store for the same reasons Apple and Google don’t do so with the App Store and Chrome Web Store, respectively.
Apple and Google both have apps in their stores that have…