Published: Wed, December 20, 2017
IT | By Jonathon Greene

Google Chrome Lands On Windows Store As A Download Link

Google Chrome Lands On Windows Store As A Download Link

On Windows, users have wanted Chrome in the Store for a long time, and today, it's finally happening.

If you downloaded the "Google Chrome Installer" app and launched it, and it literally just opened up a browser window so you could download Google Chrome for real from Google's website. Of course, Microsoft's Edge browser is available on Android, and Google does allow it in the Play Store, but for that app, Microsoft chose to use Blink, even though it's not a requirement on Android. While Microsoft has developed a system, "Centennial", for packaging existing Windows applications and distributing them through the Store-a convenient capability, as it provides centralized upgrading and clean uninstallation-Google is not using that for Chrome.

The handful of reviews of the "app" make it clear that the first few users who found the app are none too happy that it's just a link and not the actual browser. Also, those who have restricted privileges in corporate environments but still would like to install Chrome for some reason might find this workaround useful, provided the account is provisioned for Store access.

"We have removed the Google Chrome Installer App from Microsoft Store, as it violates our Microsoft Store policies".

Google Chrome Lands On Windows Store As A Download Link
Google Chrome Lands On Windows Store As A Download Link

Once the "app" is downloaded, it opens a web wrapper app that points to the actual download link. As such, 10 S can't make use of this Chrome installer; while the installer itself can be, uh, installed, it's not able to install the non-Store version of Chrome.

If you want Gmail, Google Calendar, YouTube or Google Maps you will have to use the browser.

Unsurprisingly, that app has since been removed by Microsoft.

Since this involves using the Edge rendering engine this is very unlikely to happen.

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