The most recent big names to join the club is none other than Mozilla, whose Firefox browser now showed up around the Microsoft Store – the app, however, isn’t readily available for download, as well as an ETA regarding when the download links may go live isn’t yet available.
The version served through the Microsoft Store comes packed being an APPX, which in theory means that Firefox could even be updated through the Microsoft Store inside a more straightforward manner.
Mozilla applauds Microsoft’s new store approach
Mozilla is one of the companies that applauded Microsoft for its new approach concerning the app store bundled with Windows 11.
The company announced earlier this year that given the new store aligns with its expectations, Firefox would therefore join it as well.
“Microsoft has loosened restrictions on its Windows Store that effectively banned third-party browsers from the store. We’ve been advocating for a long time for more user choice and control around the Windows based pc,” the company said.
“We welcome the news that their store has become more available to companies and applications, including independent browsers like Firefox. We believe that the healthier internet is one where individuals come with an opportunity to select from an assorted range of browsers and browser engines. Firefox will be obtainable in the Windows store later this season.”
One of the biggest changes in relation to browsers in the Microsoft Store is the fact that Microsoft now allows them to be listed with their own engine, therefore no more having to use the native Windows engine. It has convinced more browser makers to create their apps towards the store, including Opera, whose app has already been live for Windows 11 users.