Apparently, Microsoft wasn’t joking when it said that it wanted more third-party app stores in Windows 11’s portal. The verge states that new Microsoft Store policies allow third-party storefront apps. The surprising news is that Amazon’s App Store isn’t their only partner; the Epic Games Store will also be there for a couple of months. As promised, Microsoft will not demand a share from their share revenue.
Microsoft’s lenient policies on rival browsers (which now allow browsers with non-Microsoft engines) are also paying bearing fruits as Opera and Yandex Browser are also coming to the Microsoft Store to provide an alternative to Edge. The new additions are useless if you are already into Chrome or Firefox, but indicates that Microsoft is ready to accept some competition in its own store.
Other reputed apps and game stores like Steam, GOG, or other well-known app and game stores are getting ready too. It is not a shock to see Epic as an early adopter since it’s a vocal opponent of Apple’s App Store policies and wants to offer Epic Games Store wherever it can. On the other hand, Microsoft is unsurprisingly taking advantage of this. It can pitch Windows 11’s store as a more open alternative to Apple’s Mac App Store, even if Mac users don’t have any real trouble accessing the EGS and other storefronts.