The Microsoft Store will host app stores from third-party developers including Amazon...

Shawn Knight

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What just happened? Microsoft is serious about making the Microsoft Store on Windows an “open store for an open platform.” The Redmond-based tech giant has updated its Microsoft Store on Windows policies to allow for third-party storefront apps to populate its service. This means that, just like any other app, you’ll soon be able to search for and install third-party app stores from the Microsoft Store, and they’ll have their own product details page.

Microsoft in announcing the change further noted that Amazon and Epic Games have already signed on to bring their storefronts to the Microsoft Store, and that they should be available within the next few months. There was no mention of Steam in today’s announcement, but Windows and device chief Panos Panay told The Verge back in June that they’d be interested in having Steam on the store.

The new policy comes just a few months after Microsoft took earlier steps to open up the Microsoft Store, including allowing developers to keep 100 percent of the revenue from their apps if they use their own payment platform (unless it is a game).

Microsoft’s policy is a breath of fresh air, especially in the wake of the battle between Apple and Epic. Despite a recent ruling in that legal battle, it looks like the war is far from over as Epic has already appealed the judge's ruling.

That said, not everyone is convinced of Microsoft's goodwill. Some believe the opening of the Microsoft Store to other platforms is little more than a PR move that paints the company in a positive light compared to its competitors.

The new Microsoft Store will open on October 5, the same day that Windows 11 launches.

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Dimitriid

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So that means if I put my app on Amazon and a customer buys it on the Microsoft Store I have to pay 15-30% to Amazon AND 15-30% on to Microsoft as well?

Is there no end to the damn store commissions that we are now having nested storefronts just so more people can reduce money from the actual devs?
 

psycros

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So that means if I put my app on Amazon and a customer buys it on the Microsoft Store I have to pay 15-30% to Amazon AND 15-30% on to Microsoft as well?

Is there no end to the damn store commissions that we are now having nested storefronts just so more people can reduce money from the actual devs?

If the app is a game, yes. Otherwise (if I'm reading it right) you pay Microsoft nothing. Frankly, I'm amazed that a bunch of developers from different companies haven't come together to build some kind of open storefront that only takes enough commission to support its own development and maintenance.
 

Dimitrios

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What will the system requirements be? Windows 14, Ryzen 8th gen? 96GB Ram, finger print and eye and soul reader? COVID passport, USB 6.0 and a RGB motherboard?

Also will I have to find a 4 leaf clover as well?

 

Jpe1701

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"That said, not everyone is convinced of Microsoft's goodwill. Some believe the opening of the Microsoft Store to other platforms is little more than a PR move that paints the company in a positive light compared to its competitors."

When are people going to learn. It's a company. What motivates a company? Money! Either the loss of or the gain of. Welcome to our civilization.
 

merikafyeah

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Tell that to Linux users.
Technically Android is a specialized version of Linux, and nearly all backend servers run on Linux. Purely by the numbers Linux is very popular and used everywhere. Desktop Linux may not be as common but having about 1/8th the market share of macOS is not nothing either, and it's growing every year.
 

hahahanoobs

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Technically Android is a specialized version of Linux, and nearly all backend servers run on Linux. Purely by the numbers Linux is very popular and used everywhere. Desktop Linux may not be as common but having about 1/8th the market share of macOS is not nothing either, and it's growing every year.
You know I'm talking about desktop.
I see the Linux defense script hasn't changed!
 

merikafyeah

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You know I'm talking about desktop.
I see the Linux defense script hasn't changed!
Even desktop Linux has more users than the Microsoft Store.

Linux as a whole isn't a commercial endeavor so it doesn't need to supplant Windows. There is no threat of Linux going away because adoption doesn't hit certain numbers, unlike the Microsoft Store. Comparing the two is like apples and oranges.
 
No matter how they want to play the game...We the people will not fall for that crap they're handing out...No way will I update to a new computer to get the new versions...