With the launch of Windows 8, Microsoft wanted to imitate Apple and offer users an application store from which to search for and download all kinds of programs: the Microsoft Store. And, as expected, it was a total failure. In a short time, the store was filled with scams, malware and fake applications that only harmed both the developers who decided to publish their apps in the store and the users who were looking for a relatively comfortable and safe place to download them. Now, 10 years later, Microsoft is finally going to put an end to these problems.
Surely we have entered the store to gossip about what applications are published, or search for a specific one, and immediately we have been assaulted by all kinds of false programs and applications. These applications seek to steal user data (like malware), make you pay so that, once downloaded, it does nothing, or mislead you with the name and icon, and actually be downloading a completely different application.
In addition, in recent months there has been a shameful practice whereby third-party developers (rather, thieves) have uploaded open source applications (such as LibreOffice) of payment. This is the original program, as they have downloaded the code and compiled it themselves, but is not a version uploaded or maintained by The Document Foundation. And, of course, the company does not take the money.
To put an end to these problems, Microsoft has updated its store policies this weekend. And the cleanup to come is going to be historic.
New policies for the Microsoft Store
Although this 10.8.7 version of the policies is very extensive, a quick summary could very well get rid of all the problems that we have just indicated. The first thing you look for is put an end to irregularities in prices of the programs. And, to do so, it will force developers to comply with all laws, all regulations and regulatory guidelines published in the guides against misleading prices of the Federal Trade Commission of the United States.
Secondly, prohibits any developer from taking advantage of open source programs or any other program that is freely available. As a reminder, Store apps can now be packaged Win32 apps, and this is a process anyone can do. Therefore, it will only allow reasonable prices to the original developers of the programs, as is the case with the Paint.net app. Thus, developers can use the store as a source of donations, as long as they are the legitimate developers of the software.
Of course, it will end all kinds of fake apps and of all those that collect personal or banking data of users without permission.
If all applications are analyzed, and all these rules are forced to comply, many apps will eventually disappear from this store. Of course, it will be for a good reason, and that is that, finally, the application store will become a reliable place to search for and download all kinds of programs.