- Microsoft said that with the launch of the new OS, Store policies will more flexible.
- Rumors are that the Firefox browser is going to be available on the Windows 11 Store.
- Mozilla officials have already announced their willingness to bring the browser to the new Microsoft Store.
- For the moment, the only Firefox-related content available in the Store, are guides and tutorials.
When talking about Windows 11, Microsoft said that it plans to allow developers to submit any application and games to the Store, regardless of the framework that the program uses.
And while the tech giant wants to bring some of its own applications, such as Teams, Office, and Visual Studio, to the redesigned Store, it will still allow third-party apps, considered as competition, to be present.
Mozilla’s Firefox could make an appearance on the Store
As we previously mentioned, besides Microsoft’s signature applications, the Windows 11 Store will be home to all third-party desktop (Win32) programs, such as Chrome and Firefox.
If you remember, Google once tried to get the Chrome browser into the Windows Store, by publishing the application’s installer instead of the application itself.
At that moment, the Redmond-based tech giant blocked Google’s actions for quite a number of reasons, the majority of which revolved around the Windows Store policy.
Now, fortunately, Microsoft has somewhat relaxed these strict policies, and the Store is open to mostly everyone.
In conclusion, companies like Mozilla and Adobe can now bring their desktop applications to the Store.
Voices from Mozilla confirmed that the company wants to launch a new Microsoft Store version of Firefox.
At this moment, if you search for Firefox in the Windows 11 Store, all you can find are some tutorials and guides on how to use the browser, not the browser itself.
This news has sparked mixed reactions from users, on social media. While some just don’t care about this, most of them are happy that Microsoft is permitting this.
The great majority, however, thinks that this move will be in vain, as users will certainly go to the application’s website and download it from there, whenever they need it, not from the Microsoft Store.
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