Mozilla Firefox Is Now Available On Microsoft Store

Mozilla has announced that Firefox is one of the first browsers with a non-edge Html or Chromium engine now available via Microsoft Store for Windows 10 and Windows 11. From now on there is no longer any need to make a detour to get Firefox.

As Mozilla announced today, Windows 10 and Windows 11 users can now use the official Microsoft Store integrated directly into their operating system to install the alternative web browser Firefox on their Windows-based devices. Until now, you always had to use the Microsoft Edge browser supplied with Windows or its predecessor Internet Explorer to get Firefox.

New Microsoft Store Rules

Firefox was able to land in the Microsoft Store mainly because the Redmond-based company finally introduced a new version of the store with the introduction of Windows 11, which also introduced new, more open rules for the sale of apps via the platform. Before that, it was simply not possible to sell most browsers through the store included in Windows.

Microsoft has so far simply forbidden to offer browsers with an engine other than EdgeHTML via the store in its operating system. This old engine was only used in the older version of the Edge browser. When Microsoft quickly switched its in-house browser to the Chromium engine developed by Google, the rules of the store were completely reduced to absurdity.

Firefox is not the first third-party browser without an EdgeHTML engine to be offered in the Microsoft Store. Opera has been available this way for a few months now. Firefox is definitely the first alternative browser that, with “Gecko”, has a completely self-developed engine and is still available through the Microsoft Store.

Chrome, on the other hand, is still not to be found in Windows’ own store, as is the Vivaldi browser, which has been split off from Opera. Mozilla advertises, among other things, that Firefox protects the privacy of its users better than some other browsers and also comes up with practical features such as the multi-picture-in-picture mode, in which several video streams can be viewed at the same time.