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Google brings a Chrome… installer… to the Microsoft Store [Updated]

In an bid to serve lessen Edge’s role as “the browser you use to install Chrome,” Google has published a Chrome installer focus to the Microsoft Store. Install that app, and it’ll download and install Chrome for you.

Chrome itself is not a Store app. While Microsoft has grown a system, “Centennial,” for wrapping existent Windows applications and distributing them by the Store—a accessible capability, as it provides centralized upgrading and purify uninstallation—Google is not using that for Chrome. The Chrome that gets commissioned is the unchanging chronicle of Chrome that you’d get if you downloaded it directly from Google.

For many Windows users, the eminence doesn’t matter a good deal. While we’d like some-more apps to be accessible by the Store—if for no other reason than to get the simplified updating and uninstallation—virtually every Windows user already runs a series of non-Store applications anyway. The difference is Microsoft’s locked-down Windows 10 S. Windows 10 S can only install and run Store apps. As such, 10 S can’t make use of this Chrome installer; while the installer itself can be, uh, installed, it’s not means to install the non-Store chronicle of Chrome.

Google hasn’t grown a Store-packaged chronicle of Chrome, and it’s not transparent that it has any sold seductiveness in doing so. A Centennialized chronicle of Chrome would make Windows 10 S a some-more viable handling system, in spin shortening the interest of Google’s Chrome OS. This would make Chrome for the Store good for Microsoft and good for Windows users, but not apparently profitable to Google.


There’s some conjecture that the company couldn’t, even if it wanted to, since some interpretations of the Store’s manners for applications contend that Store applications must use the system-provided components for digest Web content. It’s not transparent how particularly Microsoft enforces these rules, however, as the Store does enclose many Centennial versions of apps built using the Electron framework. The Electron horizon uses Chromium (the open source core of Chrome) to horde desktop applications created using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. While these Electron apps aren’t full browsers, they can, at slightest to an extent, display some Web content. They do so with the Chrome/Chromium digest engine, not the system-provided Edge engine.

One company that has betrothed to yield a Centennial chronicle of one of its desktop applications is Apple. At Microsoft’s Build discussion in May this year, we schooled that iTunes was going to be brought to the Store. Originally, the vigilant was to bring it to the Store this year. The bad news is that this isn’t going to happen; last week, Apple told Mary Jo Foley that it needs “a little some-more time to get it right,” and it won’t ship this year. But it’s still in the pipeline, so we’d design it to land some time next year.

Update: The app has been private by Microsoft, with Redmond claiming that it violates store policies.

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