Microsoft’s stringent policies around apps on Windows 10 S might prevent Google from bringing Chrome — the world’s most popular web browser — to the operating system. And if Google does ultimately decide to support the simplified version of Windows, it would require a much different app than the one desktop users are running today.
Windows 10 S only allows users to install apps from the Windows Store, so this stipulation would seem to eliminate any possibility of Chrome being on the platform — unless Google reworks the browser to use Microsoft’s favored engines. Even then, users would be unable to pick Chrome as their default browser.
Google Chrome not be allowed on Windows 10s
The lineup of converted desktop apps already includes Evernote and Slack, and by the time Windows 10 S begins shipping on new PCs this summer, the store will also offer converted versions of the Office 2016 desktop apps and Spotify.
Microsoft is busy evangelizing other developers of desktop software to bring their apps to the store as well.
In theory, Google could use those tools to turn the desktop version of its Chrome browser into an app package. For that matter, so could Mozilla with Firefox, or Opera, or any of dozens of small, independent browser makers. Several developers tell me they have successfully converted desktop browsers based on the Chromium code base using the Desktop Bridge.
According to foreign media reports, a developer who tried to do this had his application rejected, with Microsoft saying that desktop browsers posed a security risk.
It is not allow users to install a third-party browser, and that Microsoft came out with Windows 10 S to compete with Chrome OS.