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Unlike Apple, Microsoft Will Allow Open Source Apps in the Windows 8 Store

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While Apple’s approval process for Mac OS X applications seems to be a little more relaxed than that for iOS apps, there are still a long list of things that aren’t allowed in the Mac App Store. One of those is open source applications.

However, Windows users will be pleased to know that Microsoft has no problem with allowing applications licensed under the Open Source Initiative license into its own Windows 8 Store.

The H has combed through a pre-release version of Microsoft’s Windows Store App Developer Agreement and discovered how open source applications will be handled by the company:

“Apps that are released under an Open Source Initiative-recognised open source licence can, at least in the pre-release version of the Windows Store, be distributed according to terms that contradict Microsoft’s Standard Application License Terms if this is required by the open source licence. Among other things, the Standard Application License Terms prohibit the sharing of applications.”

What’s strange about Microsoft’s approach, as noted by a number of reports, is that it seems to be keeping very quiet about its acceptable of open source applications. It’s almost as if, for some reason, it doesn’t want to promote the fact that open source applications are acceptable.

What’s unclear at this point is whether Microsoft will allow Windows developers to use open source languages and development environments, such as PHP, Ruby, and Python, to make applications for the Windows 8 store. ZDNet believes Microsoft will be against this, but it’s yet to be confirmed.

The Windows 8 Store is expected to get its initial outing in the first Windows 8 beta scheduled to arrive next February. ZDNet reports that Microsoft has already shared some details about the store prior to its debut:

Metro-style applications will be licensable, marketable and downloadable from the Windows 8 Store. Non-Metro-style Desktop Apps will only be marketable from inside the store, with links provided to developers’ sites for sales/downloads.

Are you pleased open source applications will feature in the Windows 8 Store?

[via SlashGear]

Killian Bell

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