Microsoft Store on Windows will soon feature third-party storefronts like Amazon and Epic Games Store, the company announced. These third-party storefront apps can be searched and downloaded like any other app on the Microsoft Store.
“Just like any other app, third-party storefront apps will have a product detail page that can be found via search or by browsing – so that users can easily find and install it with the same confidence as any other app in the Microsoft Store on Windows. Today, we are sharing that Amazon and Epic Games will bring their storefront apps and games to the Microsoft Store over the next few months, and we look forward to welcoming other stores as well in the future,” the company said.
Announcing more steps to open the @MicrosoftStore on #Windows to all developers – including other stores and browsers. Welcome to our new partners. We look forward to continuing this journey with app developers. https://t.co/B0eNGWp6c5 pic.twitter.com/foYs0FpL4I
— Giorgio Sardo (@gisardo) September 28, 2021
Microsoft adds that “Microsoft Store on Windows no longer requires app developers to share revenue with Microsoft when apps manage their own in-app payment systems.
Epic Games vs Apple fiasco
Meanwhile, Epic and Apple’s feud continues even after the court case ended. Recently, Apple sent Epic Games an email saying they will not reinstate Epic’s developer account until the appeal process is over, which can take up to 5 years.
This means Epic’s popular battle royale Fortnite won’t be available on Apple devices any time soon.