Mozilla’s Firefox browser shows up in the Windows store

Mozilla’s Firefox browser shows up in the Windows store

Mozilla is carrying Firefox to Microsoft’s Windows store today. Mozilla Firefox just got more straightforward to add to Windows. Starting at Tuesday morning, it’s accessible as a one-click install in Microsoft’s app stores for Windows 10 and 11.

Firefox is one of the first third-party options accessible in the Microsoft Store, and it’s using its own Gecko browser engine rather than Chromium options like Opera or the numerous different options that influence Microsoft’s Edge webview.

Microsoft’s new open store policies have at long last made it possible for third-party browsers like Firefox to show up in the Microsoft Store. While we haven’t seen Chrome show up yet, Opera rushed to guarantee its own browser is likewise listed in the store.

“Previously, if you were on Windows and wanted to use Firefox, you had to download it from the internet and go through a clunky process from Microsoft,” explains Mozilla. “Now that Microsoft has changed its Store policies, choosing Firefox as your desktop browser is even more seamless – and it comes with all the latest Firefox features.”

Firefox launching into the Microsoft Store comes only months after Mozilla defeated Microsoft’s default browser protections in Windows. Mozilla has discreetly made it more straightforward to change to Firefox on Windows, with a one-click process that isn’t officially accessible for anybody other than Microsoft. Mozilla seems to have picked apart Microsoft’s capacity to set Edge as the default in Windows with a single click, rather than the multi-prompt process that exists in Windows 10 today.

Strangely, this one-click process doesn’t seem to work in the Microsoft Store version of Firefox. That implies Mozilla either avoided submitting its workaround version of Firefox or Microsoft dismissed it from the Microsoft Store and the organization had to eliminate the default browser workaround.

Microsoft has made the most common way of setting the default browser significantly harder in Windows 11, and Mozilla has been attempting to persuade Microsoft to further develop its default browser settings in Windows since its open letter to Microsoft in 2015.

Microsoft giving this lift to Firefox represents a remarkable new development, taking into account how hard it functioned in the late 1990s to sandbag Netscape and different adversaries to its Internet Explorer browser. As US District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson wrote in the Findings of Fact he released in late 1999 as part of the Microsoft antitrust trial: “If Microsoft was going to raise Internet Explorer’s share of browser usage and lower Navigator’s share, executives at Microsoft believed they needed to constrict Netscape’s access to the distribution channels that led most efficiently to browser usage.”

Microsoft has now given Firefox a spot in its most advantageous distribution channel—and the browser that finished Internet Explorer’s predominance in Windows prior to suffering years of disregard and decrease could use that help.

Firefox is currently accessible in the Microsoft Store for two Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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