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Microsoft removed the Google Chrome app from the Windows Store

by Danny Zepeda | December 21, 2017December 21, 2017 2:00 pm PST

Microsoft has made a big deal of making the Windows Store the portal to get apps for Windows computer. Apparently Google didn’t get the memo, because its Chrome app that was published on Tuesday in the store wasn’t anything more than a download link to install the application through the web. Microsoft was none too happy with Google’s shady move and removed the app within hours.

“We have removed the Google Chrome Installer App from Microsoft Store, as it violates our Microsoft Store policies,” related a Microsoft spokesperson to The Verge.

It wasn’t so much a app as it was a glorified link to install the Chrome, therefore we see Microsoft’s point in removing the so-called app. Unfortunately, this back and forth bickering between Google and Microsoft will only hurt its customers. Windows 10 S machines can only install apps through the Windows Store, therefore they have no ability to download Chrome.

This isn’t the first time Google and Microsoft have battled over application management. Back in the days of Windows Phone, both companies battled over the YouTube app for the mobile platform. Microsoft created a version of YouTube that Google blocked and a battle ensued. It seems nothing has changed.

Google isn’t likely to make a new Windows Store app for Chrome any time soon. Windows Store requires apps to use HTML and Javascript engines while Chrome uses its own Blink engine. This is at the heart of the disagreement between Google and Microsoft, and it isn’t going away any time soon.

The Verge

Danny Zepeda

Born and raised in Southern California, Danny grew up on a steady diet Pixar, Star Wars and Steven Spielberg movies. Unbeknownst to him, this was...

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