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Google Chrome REMOVED from Windows 10 Store

Microsoft has pulled the Google Chrome app from the Windows Store.

Google launched its app only a few hours earlier.

The California-based firm’s Windows Store software wasn’t a fully-fledged version of the web browser, but rather, a simple window that presented a download link to the web to users.

Microsoft clearly wasn’t impressed with the app, which chooses to avoid the Windows Store restrictions and simply push people to the web download.

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

When pushed for the reason for the removal, Microsoft pointed to the fact that it requires Windows Store apps to “provide unique and distinct value”.

Microsoft told The Verge: “We welcome Google to build a Microsoft Store browser app compliant with our Microsoft Store policies.”

That’s unlikely to happen, mainly because of the restrictions that Microsoft has on its Windows 10 S operating system.

The latter is a new, streamlined skew of Windows 10 tailored towards efficiency – with Microsoft putting an emphasis on battery life, speed and security.
The latter is a new, streamlined skew of Windows 10 tailored towards efficiency – with Microsoft putting an emphasis on battery life, speed and security.

To ensure this efficiency, Windows 10 S only runs software from the Windows Store.

However, Microsoft stipulates that any web browser included in the Windows Store needs to be powered by the HTML and JavaScript engines provided by the Windows Platform.

And even if Google completely reworks its browser to meet the entry requirements of the Windows Store, users would be unable to use the browser as the default on any Windows 10 S machine (another stipulation of the stripped-back new operating system).

It’s not outside the realms of possibility for Google to build a new version of Chrome, indeed, the US company did exactly that for its iOS app.

The iOS version of Chrome uses Apple’s own WebKit, rather than Google’s Blink engine.

In a nutshell, its powered by exactly the same technology as the Safari app on iOS, but looks and feels like Chrome on the outside.

However, it’s clear that – at least for the time being – Google wanted to push Windows 10 users to the standard desktop version of Chrome.

According to The Verge, Google only launched its simplistic Windows Store app to help combat the slew of fraudulent Chrome apps found in the Microsoft app store.

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