When an app isn’t really an app at all, what use is it?
Yesterday, Google put out a Chrome app on the Windows Store. What a notion! A web browser that has a reputation of being a clunky resource hog would somehow be light enough to work on a Windows 10 S product — something that can’t run an executable file. Not so fast. Instead of being able to browse the web, the app was essentially just a splash page with a link to go and install the full version of Chrome from Google.
Microsoft put a quick end to the app’s existence on its Windows Store today, telling The Verge:
[…] we welcome Google to build a Microsoft Store browser app compliant with our Microsoft Store policies.
What was also inferred with the “app” release was a combat tactic against spoofs, though the Microsoft app ecosystem is pretty tightly controlled and we haven’t seen any fake Chrome browsers pop up in the store.[signoff predefined=”Custom Signoff” icon=”camera”]Image: The Verge[/signoff]