This week at Microsoft’s Build conference was all about Web apps. The company announced a new “Universal Windows Platform” (UWP) that will allow developers to write single-platform apps that run on Windows 10, Windows 10 Mobile, and even ARM-powered devices. One of the big announcements was that Firefox will be adding UWP in the future, and that it could come as soon as this year.
Firefox is an excellent choice for any web-based application, whether that involves messaging, blogging, or other content management services. It even works for web-based games, but those need to be hosted in a separate site or application, since those are essentially apps in their own right.
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- Microsoft said that with the introduction of the new operating system, shopping policies will become more flexible.
- The Firefox browser is rumored to be available in the Windows 11 Store.
- Mozilla representatives have already announced that they are ready to offer the browser in the new Microsoft Store.
- Only Firefox manuals and tutorials are currently available in the store.
Speaking of Windows 11: Microsoft plans to allow developers to submit any app and game to the store, regardless of the framework used by the program.
And while the tech giant plans to move some of its own apps, such as Teams, Office and Visual Studio, to the revamped store, it will continue to allow third-party apps that are considered competitors.
Mozilla’s Firefox could come to thestore
As we mentioned earlier, the Windows 11 Store will host all third-party (Win32) desktop apps, such as Chrome and Firefox, in addition to Microsoft-branded apps.
As you may recall, Google has tried to bring the Chrome browser to the Windows Store before by releasing an installer instead of the app itself.
At the time, the Redmond-based tech giant blocked Google’s actions for various reasons, most of which had to do with Windows Store rules.
Now Microsoft has thankfully relaxed these strict rules, and the store is accessible to almost everyone.
Finally, companies like Mozilla and Adobe can offer their desktop applications in the Store.
Voices from Mozilla have confirmed that the company is planning to launch a new version of Firefox for the Microsoft Store.
If you search for Firefox in the Windows 11 Store, for now you will only find manuals and guides on how to use the browser, not the browser itself.
This news has received mixed reactions from users on social media. Some don’t care, but most are glad Microsoft is allowing it.
However, the vast majority think this change is free, as users will naturally go to the app’s website and download it there if they need it, rather than from the Microsoft Store.
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