The Firefox internet browser is finally (via Thurrott) on its way to the Microsoft Store app store. The move appears to be in response to the recent shift in policy on Microsoft’s end that now allows for more third-party browsers and other apps on their app store platform.
“Microsoft has loosened restrictions on its Windows Store that effectively banned third-party browsers from the store,” a post on the official Mozilla blog reads. “We have been advocating for years for more user choice and control on the Windows operating system.
“We welcome the news that their store is now more open to companies and applications, including independent browsers like Firefox. We believe that a healthier internet is one where people have an opportunity to choose from a diverse range of browsers and browser engines. Firefox will be available in the Windows store later this year.”
Currently, the Windows (Desktop) version of Mozilla’s Firefox browser needs to be downloaded and installed directly from the official Mozilla website.
The Opera internet browser was added to the Microsoft Store recently though it’s worth noting that, while the app is listed in the store, it’s managed and updated independently from Microsoft. The Epic Games Store app, which was also recently added to the Microsoft Store, also works this way. It’s unclear right now how the Firefox app will be managed within the Microsoft Store once it’s added.
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