Chrome comes to the Windows Store (kind of)

Todd Singleton
December 20, 2017

The Chrome that gets installed is the regular version of Chrome that you'd get if you downloaded it directly from Google. Of course, Microsoft's Edge browser is available on Android, and Google does allow it in the Play Store, but for that app, Microsoft chose to use Blink, even though it's not a requirement on Android.

"[Note to Windows 10 S users] Windows 10 S is incompatible with apps like Google Chrome". This "app" doesn't actually give you Chrome, but rather a way to install the company's browser, by downloading it from the standard Chrome download page.

But if it's a joke, Windows users weren't feeling it. While we'd like more apps to be available through the Store-if for no other reason than to get the simplified updating and uninstallation-virtually every Windows user already runs a number of non-Store applications anyway. Now, in a fairly amusing move, Google is embracing that, placing Chrome on the Windows Store as a simple download link. The exception is Microsoft's locked-down Windows 10 S.

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Microsoft hasn't yet detailed fully its plans to get Progressive Web Apps into the Windows Store, but support for this is expected within the coming months.

In an interesting turn of events, Google Chrome appeared on the Windows Store today. The company has also said previously that if Google packaged Chrome using the Desktop Bridge and submitted it to the Store, that wouldn't be accepted either. Since the installer is an executable, users of Windows 10 S who have been waiting to use Chrome on their walled-garden laptops will be disappointed. "Apps that browse the web must use the appropriate HTML and JavaScript engines provided by the Windows Platform", the Windows Store guidelines read. They do so with the Chrome/Chromium rendering engine, not the system-provided Edge engine.

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