Microsoft removes unofficial Chromium browser from the Store

Chromium for Windows

On Friday, Windows users were in a for a surprise when one
independent developer published the open-source Chromium
browser on the Microsoft Store. The browser was unofficially
ported to the Windows Store by a publisher named ‘Store Ports’.

The open-source Chromium is based on Blink rendering engine,
which also powers Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge. There are
many reasons Google or the open-source community won’t likely
bring Chromium to the Windows Store, but the primary reason is
probably related to Microsoft’s app store restrictions.

According to Microsoft Store policy, browsers on the Store must
use Microsoft’s HTML and JavaScript engines. In a surprising
move, an independent developer published the open-source
Chromium browser to the Microsoft Store, suggesting that
Microsoft’s policies may have changed.

Publisher ‘Store Ports’ successfully converted desktop Chromium
browser using the Desktop Bridge and sneaked through Store
review.

Fortunately, Microsoft didn’t let the listing last very long,
and took down the app just hours after it was flagged by users.

Store port

In a statement, Microsoft cited violation of its store policies
as the reason for the removal of the unofficial port.

“This submission is not currently compliant with our Windows
Store policies and is being corrected and will be removed,” a
Microsoft spokesperson said.

Web browsers on the Microsoft Store

In theory, Google and Mozilla could also use those tools to
convert the desktop version of their Chrome browser into an app
package. However, the submission would be rejected citing Store
policies violations.

In 2017, Google released a Chrome installer on the Microsoft
Store to offer its browser through Windows 10’s app store. The
installer also failed to adhere to Microsoft Store’s
requirements for browsers and it was later pulled from the
Microsoft Store.

The availability of third-party browsers on the Windows store
could potentially come in handy for people using Windows 10 in
S Mode, but the current store policies do not allow browsers
based on a third-party rendering engine.

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