Google published a Chrome app in the Windows Store earlier today, which just directed users to a download link to install the browser. Microsoft isn’t impressed with Google’s obvious snub of the Windows Store, and it’s taking action. “We have removed the Google Chrome Installer App from Microsoft Store, as it violates our Microsoft Store policies,” says a Microsoft spokesperson in a statement to The Verge.
It’s being speculated that Google had issued the new Chrome Installer app in an effort to take on fake third-party apps that imitate the Chrome browser on the Microsoft Store. Microsoft and Google have been fighting the browser war since long. Windows 10, in August last year, had prompted users to ditch Google Chrome and switch to Edge. In April this year, Microsoft had claimed that Edge browser offers more than 2 hours more battery life than Google Chrome. Back in 2013, Microsoft had slammed Google for poor YouTube experience on Windows Phone.
The Verge feels that Google created this installer app to fight back the fake Chrome apps that were found in the Windows Store, a problem Microsoft has been struggling to address for years. Google’s workaround has now been removed from the Windows Store, so Windows 10 users will have to continue using Microsoft Edge to access the download site for Chrome if they want to access Google’s browser.
Google Chrome also recently announced that it would roll out a native ad blocker on the browser from February 15, 2018. This move comes after Google formally joined the Coalition of Better Ads earlier this year.