Google Mocks Microsoft’s Windows Store with a Chrome Installer
Cernescu Andrei / 12 months ago
Google Chrome in the Windows Store?
In a rather defying move, Google has decided to insert a Chrome app in Microsoft’s Windows Store. While the app wasn’t an install package for the browser, it did contain a link pointing to the download page. In turn, Microsoft quickly removed the app and called the act a violation of its Store policies. The rivalry between the two companies is not exactly fresh news. The two have been trying to take over each other’s markets for quite some time now, and it doesn’t look like the conflicts will end anytime soon. Upon seeing the app in question, some users were quick to note that it wouldn’t last long. Indeed, Microsoft removed it in less than 12 hours.
The company issued a response quickly after removing the item in question:
“We have removed the Google Chrome Installer App from Microsoft Store, as it violates our Microsoft Store policies. We welcome Google to build a Microsoft Store browser app compliant with our Microsoft Store policies.”
However, it’s extremely unlikely that Google will ever develop such an app. That’s because Microsoft doesn’t allow any web browsing apps in the Store unless they are created using its EdgeHTML and JS engines. As for Chrome, it clearly uses Google’s Blink rendering engine, which makes it utterly incompatible with the Store.