Microsoft will force Windows 10 users to use OS built-in app store

28 February 2017

As practice shows, apps from the built-in app store are not particularly popular with Windows 10 users. The reasons for this can be very different: some are not comfortable working with various services in separate windows, when most of them can be used in a browser, and some are not satisfied with the interface or the implementation of such products. It seems that Microsoft has decided to start fighting the low popularity of Windows Store applications, but once again chose not the best way to do it.

Certainly many people are already used to the fact that Microsoft's policy regarding the promotion of its products more and more often boils down to compulsion. The most striking example is the last operating system, which was often upgraded without the user's consent. Also, last year Microsoft prepared an unpleasant surprise for its insiders, who from last October were obliged to install timely updates, otherwise their PC would stop booting. Now the turn has come to the usual desktop programs. A tool, the testing of which has already started, will warn the user each time he runs an installation file of this or that software that the product was not received in the Windows Store. After this, it will be possible to search for the program in the application store or continue the installation.

The new tool will operate in two modes: the first of them is intended to completely prohibit the installation of applications obtained not from the store, and the second - to recommend the use of the Windows Store, while allowing you to continue installing from the file. For now, these changes still leave the user the opportunity to install programs in a more convenient way. In addition, the developers assure that the innovation will be disabled by default and will only work after manual activation. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that Microsoft will not change its decision in the future.

In any case, company representatives claim that the new tool is intended to keep users safe from accidental installation of malware. This is especially true for new users who may download a virus disguised as a popular program. Be that as it may, the aforementioned innovation is still only being tested and will only start working on users' computers after installing Windows 10 Creators Update, which will be released in April.