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HI guys,

 

So I heard that Microsoft is planning to open up their digital store for win32. I know they made an announcement for games but I heard that they're opening up for apps too.

Would malwarebytes ever consider putting their app on the microsoft store? What would be some roadblocks to put it on the store?

I mostly do video editing and graphic design for fun, and sometimes work... and there are legit apps now on the store. The only thing missing are antivuruses and security apps. I'm liking the concept of having all my apps from the store front. 

 

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Posted (edited)

Greetings,

I haven't heard anything on the forums about it yet, however if you have a link to any official info about it from Microsoft so that they may see what the requirements and restrictions are, I can at least pass it on as a suggestion/request to the Product team for consideration.

Edited by exile360

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Hi Exile,

Unfortunately I dont have any official links [from Microsoft] specifically for apps but I do for games.

Here is the link for their announcement for win32 games:

https://www.google.com/amp/s/news.xbox.com/en-us/2019/05/30/microsoft-approach-to-pc-gaming/amp/

 

And here's another link about news from tech sites about win32 apps:

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.pcworld.com/article/3518853/microsoft-shovels-more-dirt-on-uwp-apps-leaving-win32-apps-as-the-future-once-again.amp.html

 

 

This link is I think one of the better ones for the store opening to more apps.

https://www.onmsft.com/news/microsoft-makes-using-uwp-apis-available-for-win32-apps

 

And others:

https://www.google.com/amp/s/windowsreport.com/microsoft-store-win32-apps/%3famp

 

 

Please let me know what you think.

 

Cheers

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Here's another link, but specifically about  Project Reunion:

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.slashgear.com/microsoft-project-reunion-reunify-windows-app-development-build-2020-19621219/amp/

 

Best regards.

 

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Posted (edited)

Interesting, according to at least one of the articles you linked, what MS has done is simply open up the UWP interaction APIs for Win32 applications which, if I understand it correctly (I'm no developer), means that the application doesn't actually go into the MS store or natively run as a UWP app itself, but it can basically communicate/interface with a UWP app/component (I guess similar to how Malwarebytes currently uses its notification area icon and notifications, just using UWP instead).  Is that what you're asking for; just to have a UWP component to the program, or something else?

Edited by exile360

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No my main question was about having Malwarebytes be an app on the microsoft store. With windows 10x coming potentially next year, I'm interested to see how microsoft will expand the app selections in their digital store.

I thought the articles were hinting to making it easier (or more accessible) for devs to submit their win32 apps to the store. My thought was that they were making all these APIs available more to win32 (bridging the gap between the two) so that these apps can eventually be put in the microsoft store. Not every developer was onboard to writing their apps for UWP.

I could be wrong though, I'm not a developer either.

 

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24 minutes ago, Bornstellar said:

With windows 10x coming potentially next year

I have not done any research... But if Win 10x is going to be on a device with an ARM processor, Malwarebytes currently run on ARM Processors.

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Yeah, making a full anti-malware suite like Malwarebytes, or even an AV, compatible across platforms/operating systems likely wouldn't be feasible as the threats that target each platform are different as are the methods used to install and protect each type of platform/OS.  If MS allows developers to simply have their apps hosted in the store for users to download the same version which is currently available then it should be possible, however, for an app like Malwarebytes to be converted into a cross platform UWP app would be a completely different undertaking, likely requiring far more effort with a lot more risk for what might not be worth it just to be hosted on MS' store.  That's for the Product team and Developers to assess though, so I'll leave it to them and I'll submit your suggestion.

Also, just for future reference, product suggestions, feedback and feature requests for Malwarebytes should be posted here as this is the area for helping with product issues and questions.  It's no big deal though, and I'll be sure to submit your request to the appropriate teams.

Thanks

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