Microsoft removes Google’s Chrome installer from the Windows Store

Google published a Google Chrome App in the Windows Store earlier yesterday, which just directed users through a redirect link to the download on the browser. Microsoft isn’t impressed with Google’s obvious snub of the Windows Store, and it’s taking action. A Microsoft spokesperson was quick to point that the app was removed from the Windows App Store because the Google Chrome Installer app violate the Microsoft Store policies.

Citing the need that the apps need to provide an unique and distinct value, Microsoft says “we welcome Google to build a Microsoft Store browser app compliant with our Microsoft Store policies.” Which is an invitation which Google is not likely to accept. There are many reasons why Google won’t bring Chrome to the Microsoft Window Store but the main will be probably related to Microsoft’s Windows 10 S restrictions. Windows has a policy that the apps which are built for the platform must use HTML and JavaScript which is provided by Windows 10, and Google’s Chrome browser uses its own Blink rendering engine. Google would have to create a special Windows App which would adhere to Microsoft’s Store policies.

Most Windows 10 machines do not run Windows 10S, so Google will most probably not create a special version to get its browser listed in the Windows Store. Google can’t package its app which exists on desktop to a Centennial windows Store App. Microsoft is explicit about any store app rendering the Edge engine.

The Verge understands that Google created this app to combat a barrage of apps which are fake and which pose as Google Chrome app in the Windows Store, a problem Microsoft has been trying to address for years. Google’s workaround has been scrapped from the Microsoft Store, so Windows 10 users will have to continue using Microsoft Edge to access the download site for Chrome if they want to access Google’s browser.

This isn’t the first time Google and Microsoft have battled over platform or browsers. Both fought over the creation of a YouTube app for a Windows phone, Microsoft targeted Google with Scroogled commercials, and Microsoft has also criticized Chrome’s battery usage. We’ve reached out to Google to see if this is a battle that will continue, but the company is not commenting on the removal.