Microsoft has given Google a taste of their own medicine. Yesterday, Google published an app in the Microsoft Store which seems to be the Chrome Browser for Windows 10. It was a big news because it was available in the store, which means they also become available for Windows 10 S users, even if they are in the minority.
However, it turns out, Google played foul. The app was nothing but a redirect link to the download page of Chrome Browser. Microsoft acted swiftly and took down the app as it does not follow the store policies. In a statement to The Verge, Microsoft spokesperson said:
We have removed the Google Chrome Installer App from Microsoft Store, as it violates our Microsoft Store policies. Microsoft instead invites Google to “build a Microsoft Store browser app compliant with our Microsoft Store policies”.
Microsoft has set their own policies for Developers who want to build a browser for Windows 10. They will have to use Microsoft’s own rendering engine.
The rivalry between the companies is known, and Google had always put in some sort of “Terms & Conditions” for every “Google” app Microsoft has developed on Windows Phone. YouTube had been the classic case. Agree or not, putting a download link as Chrome App is a shame!! It confuses users.