Guess whose app store claims to champion 'choice, fairness and innovation'. It's Microsoft's, funnily enough

Xbox fans, move along. These principles don't apply to console-jockeys


In a vague swipe at the likes of Apple, Microsoft has declared its 10 app store principles. Surprisingly, "please, please use our store" isn't one of them.

Amid the back-and-forth between Apple and Epic Games, Microsoft has adopted a list of principles "to promote choice, fairness and innovation" for the Microsoft Store on Windows 10.

Someone crueller than us might observe that there are more principles than actual useful apps (or users) on the moribund platform. Others, with longer memories, might well pass a lukewarm tea through a nostril or two at the likes of "4. We will give developers timely access to information about the interoperability interfaces we use on Windows..."

Different times, eh?

fortnite

Apple, Epic trade barbs in App Store brouhaha while judge pins July for jury time

READ MORE

More pointed is rule 3: "We will not block an app from Windows based on a developer's choice of which payment system to use for processing purchases made in its app," a very clear nod to the legal shenanigans under way elsewhere.

The other rules come mainly under the category of "surely you were already doing that?" although those who have found themselves at the sharp end of Microsoft's policies in the past might disagree.

"Windows 10," the company intoned, "is an open platform. Unlike other popular digital platforms, developers are free to choose how they distribute their apps."

Sadly, the Xbox store, which takes an Apple-grade cut of developers' sales, is not to be blessed with the same principles – at least not right now.

"The business model for game consoles," insisted the Windows giant, "is very different to the ecosystem around PCs or phones." Microsoft added that while it spanks cash on developing the latest and occasionally greatest, the devices are sold "below cost or at very low margins to create a market that game developers and publishers can benefit from."

Somewhere we can hear the world's smallest violin scratching out a tune.

The upshot is that games consoles will not be seeing the same fairness principles as those of the Microsoft Store. "We have more work to do to establish the right set of principles for game consoles," the company said.

The principles arrived amid reports of Microsoft's plans to dodge Apple's app store restrictions by taking a browser-based approach for iOS. Apple's iDevices were notable by their absence from the recent launch of Microsoft's Xbox game streaming service and while the Windows juggernaut toyed with a streaming app for a while, it reportedly fell foul of Apple's edicts.

The Register contacted Apple to see if it planned to follow suit with its own 10 rules for tremendous profits (or something like that), but the phone maker has yet to respond. ®


Other stories you might like

  • Meet Wizard Spider, the multimillion-dollar gang behind Conti, Ryuk malware
    Russia-linked crime-as-a-service crew is rich, professional – and investing in R&D

    Analysis Wizard Spider, the Russia-linked crew behind high-profile malware Conti, Ryuk and Trickbot, has grown over the past five years into a multimillion-dollar organization that has built a corporate-like operating model, a year-long study has found.

    In a technical report this week, the folks at Prodaft, which has been tracking the cybercrime gang since 2021, outlined its own findings on Wizard Spider, supplemented by info that leaked about the Conti operation in February after the crooks publicly sided with Russia during the illegal invasion of Ukraine.

    What Prodaft found was a gang sitting on assets worth hundreds of millions of dollars funneled from multiple sophisticated malware variants. Wizard Spider, we're told, runs as a business with a complex network of subgroups and teams that target specific types of software, and has associations with other well-known miscreants, including those behind REvil and Qbot (also known as Qakbot or Pinkslipbot).

    Continue reading
  • Supreme Court urged to halt 'unconstitutional' Texas content-no-moderation law
    Everyone's entitled to a viewpoint but what's your viewpoint on what exactly is and isn't a viewpoint?

    A coalition of advocacy groups on Tuesday asked the US Supreme Court to block Texas' social media law HB 20 after the US Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals last week lifted a preliminary injunction that had kept it from taking effect.

    The Lone Star State law, which forbids large social media platforms from moderating content that's "lawful-but-awful," as advocacy group the Center for Democracy and Technology puts it, was approved last September by Governor Greg Abbott (R). It was immediately challenged in court and the judge hearing the case imposed a preliminary injunction, preventing the legislation from being enforced, on the basis that the trade groups opposing it – NetChoice and CCIA – were likely to prevail.

    But that injunction was lifted on appeal. That case continues to be litigated, but thanks to the Fifth Circuit, HB 20 can be enforced even as its constitutionality remains in dispute, hence the coalition's application [PDF] this month to the Supreme Court.

    Continue reading
  • How these crooks backdoor online shops and siphon victims' credit card info
    FBI and co blow lid off latest PHP tampering scam

    The FBI and its friends have warned businesses of crooks scraping people's credit-card details from tampered payment pages on compromised websites.

    It's an age-old problem: someone breaks into your online store and alters the code so that as your customers enter their info, copies of their data is siphoned to fraudsters to exploit. The Feds this week have detailed one such effort that reared its head lately.

    As early as September 2020, we're told, miscreants compromised at least one American company's vulnerable website from three IP addresses: 80[.]249.207.19, 80[.]82.64.211 and 80[.]249.206.197. The intruders modified the web script TempOrders.php in an attempt to inject malicious code into the checkout.php page.

    Continue reading

Biting the hand that feeds IT © 1998–2022