Copied free tools as a paid app are denied in the MS Store

Finally, one can say. Microsoft has changed the guidelines for developers. Because lately it has happened more and more often that open source tools have appeared in the Microsoft Store as a paid app.

An example of this is Belim’s Burnbytes, which surfaced as a $1.79 Disk Cleaner Pro app. Discovered it Rafael and had informed Belim. Certainly are here more in between. Since I often take a look there, I’ve noticed a few apps that are also sold really expensively. Whether it’s a coincidence, or maybe that’s why Microsoft is changing the guidelines for developers on 07/16/22.

So it says: Change under 10.8.7 prohibiting charging in the store for open source or other software that is generally available for free, preventing unreasonably high prices. Also new: “New in 11.3.3 has been added a policy prohibiting products intended to provide content related to real-world information, news, or current events from disseminating misinformation.”

With the free tools, e.g. from GitHub, it’s always something like that. Because it always depends on the license under which this tool was released. With various licenses, there is the possibility that a copy can be made and also sold for money. The app developers are given the freedom for these apps here.

But that is now prevented by the new directive. One can only hope that Microsoft will take this new guideline seriously during the review and will finally throw out such apps or not allow them. After the mess with all the tutorial apps that have now been withdrawn, another good decision.


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