Thoughts on listing Vivaldi in the Windows Store



  • Having read an article about Microsoft's latest version of Windows 10 that locks itself down to only Store apps, a line of commentary stuck me as interesting:

    "... if Google is willing to list Chrome in the Store then it will be available on devices that run Windows 10 S" - from https://www.theverge.com/2017/5/2/15506378/

    If that is indeed possible, then what does everyone think here about trying to get Vivaldi listed as a browser?

    Seems like it would be a good way to get people on board by offering a feature-rich alternative to chrome, plus given that Windows 10 S seems to be marketed to schools, the suite of productivity offers might seem appealing.


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    @LonM said in Thoughts on listing Vivaldi in the Windows Store:

    Windows 10 that locks itself down to only Store apps,
    (ā€¦)
    trying to get Vivaldi listed as a browser?

    Yes, the team is aware of these restrictions.
    We are working and are in contact with many portals and app stores to get Vivaldi into.
    But i do not have more information about this.



  • I recently learned about the MSIX package (https://github.com/Microsoft/msix-packaging), which from what I understand would allow Win32 applications to be distributed in the Store, I think without having to be converted to UWP applications (?).

    It might be worth considering, if it really would allow all of the same functionality. Even aside from Windows 10 S, it could provide some increased visibility. I see UCBrowser is already available in the store.

    Although of course I'll always support distribution via official sites as well.



  • More details and the documentation are available on https://developer.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/bridges/desktop.


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