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.
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.