Open source apps to be allowed on Windows Store

By on December 11, 2011
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Can this be a worthy competitor to the Apple App Store?

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While Apple is notorious for and is deservedly critiized for its stringent rules when it comes to apps in their App Store. But looks like Microsoft will be taking a different approach to this when it comes to apps in their own Windows Store in Windows 8.

Reading through the Windows Store User Agreement, one can see that Microsoft allows developers to upload most open source licensed-apps that are provided by the Open Source Initiative:

    Your license terms must also not conflict with the Standard Application License Terms, in any way, except if you include FOSS, your license terms may conflict with the limitations set forth in Section 3 of those Terms, but only to the extent required by the FOSS that you use. ‘FOSS’ means any software licensed under an Open Source Initiative Approved License. If your app includes FOSS, it must not cause any non-FOSS Microsoft software to become subject to the terms of any FOSS license.

That’s encouraging news for developers bummed out by the sometimes nonsensical ruleset of Apple and in the end that’s what Microsoft wants to do – lure as many developers as possible to the plafform because there’s no store without amazing apps to go along.

Can this be a worthy competitor to the Apple App Store?


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