Microsoft Finally Tackles Windows App Store’s Biggest Problem – Review Geek

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The Microsoft Store was supposed to give Windows 11 users a safe and easy way to find apps. But it’s just the opposite: the Microsoft Store is full of scams, mostly paid versions of open source apps like VLC or Firefox. Finally, Microsoft says it will take this issue seriously.

Under Microsoft’s new app store policies, which go into effect July 16, users cannot “attempt to profit” from software “that is otherwise generally available for free.”

This rule is long overdue, but as many developers note, it’s a bit too broad. Some open source developers sell their apps on the Microsoft Store instead of asking for a donation. This is usually clarified in the app’s description – see Paint.net’s listing on the Microsoft Store for an example.

In a series of Twitter posts, Microsoft Store GM Giorgio Sardo said the policy is meant to protect both customers and open source developers. Microsoft does not want to attack lists of legitimate applications and, due to the comments, it will update its new policy to adapt to open source developers.

Presumably, any legit list of open source apps will need to include a notice for customers. This notice will ensure that users don’t pay for apps they can get for free, unless they want to pay and support the developer, of course.

How Microsoft actually handles this new policy is a mystery. Fraudulent open source listings have plagued the Microsoft Store (formerly Windows Store) since its launch in 2012. At one point, Microsoft actually encouraged fraudulent behavior by giving away $100 for every app downloaded from its store.

Source: Microsoft via Windows Central



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