Microsoft Finally Addresses Windows App Store’s Biggest Problem

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The Microsoft Store was supposed to give Windows 11 users a safe and easy means of finding apps. But it has only achieved the opposite: the Microsoft Store is full of scams, mainly paid versions of open source applications like VLC or Firefox. Finally, Microsoft says that it will take this issue seriously.

Under Microsoft’s new app store policies, which take effect on July 16, users can’t “attempt to profit” from software “that is otherwise generally available for free.”

This rule is long overdue, but as many developers note, it’s a bit too broad. Some open source developers sell their apps on the Microsoft Store instead of asking for a donation. This is usually made clear in the app description; see the Paint.net listing on the Microsoft Store for an example.