Google brings a Chrome… installer… to the Microsoft Store


Expand / The app, in all its glory.

In an effort to further diminish Edge’s role as “the browser you use to set up Chrome,” Google has published a Chrome installer application to the Microsoft Collection. Install that app, and it’ll download and install Chrome for you.

Chrome itself is not a Hoard app. While Microsoft has developed a system, “Centennial,” for packaging existing Windows applications and dishing them through the Store—a convenient capability, as it provides centralized upgrading and do up uninstallation—Google is not using that for Chrome. The Chrome that punches installed is the regular version of Chrome that you’d get if you downloaded it directly from Google.

For ton Windows users, the distinction doesn’t matter a great deal. While we’d identical to more apps to be available through the Store—if for no other reason than to get the simplified updating and uninstallation—practically every Windows user already runs a number of non-Store applications anyway. The disagree with is Microsoft’s locked-down Windows 10 S. Windows 10 S can only set up and run Store apps. As such, 10 S can’t make use of this Chrome installer; while the installer itself can be, uh, introduced, it’s not able to install the non-Store version of Chrome.

Google hasn’t originated a Store-packaged version of Chrome, and it’s not clear that it has any particular interest in doing so. A Centennialized model of Chrome would make Windows 10 S a more viable control system, in turn reducing the appeal of Google’s Chrome OS. This liking make Chrome for the Store good for Microsoft and good for Windows drugs, but not obviously beneficial to Google.

There’s some speculation that the public limited company couldn’t, even if it wanted to, because some interpretations of the Store’s rules for petitions say that Store applications must use the system-provided components for rendering Web gladden. It’s not clear how strictly Microsoft enforces these rules, however, as the Cooperative store does contain many Centennial versions of apps built using the Electron framework. The Electron framework put into practices Chromium (the open source core of Chrome) to host desktop applications send a lettered using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. While these Electron apps aren’t well-rounded browsers, they can, at least to an extent, display some Web content. They do so with the Chrome/Chromium representation engine, not the system-provided Edge engine.

One company that has promised to take precautions a Centennial version of one of its desktop applications is Apple. At Microsoft’s Build talk in May this year, we learned that iTunes was going to be brought to the Assemble. Originally, the intent was to bring it to the Store this year. The bad news is that this isn’t prevalent to happen; last week, Apple told Mary Jo Foley that it desiderata “a little more time to get it right,” and it won’t ship this year. But it’s quietly in the pipeline, so we’d expect it to land some time next year.

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