Firefox is now available to download from Microsoft’s revamped Store for Windows 10 and Windows 11 users. This means Windows users no longer need to download this security-focused browser from the web and can do so directly from the Store.
Notably, Mozilla’s Firefox is the only independent major browser that has its own engine, Gecko. The company also tried to sound the alarm when Microsoft decided in 2018 to acquire Google’s Chromium engine. Chris Beard, then CEO of Mozilla, wrote at the time:
That may sound melodramatic, but it’s not. The “browser engines” — Google’s Chromium and Mozilla’s Gecko Quantum — are “inside baseball” software that actually governs much of what each of us can do online. They determine core functions, e.g. B. what content we can see as consumers, how safe we are when we view content, and how much control we have over what websites and services can do to us. Microsoft’s decision gives Google more power to single-handedly decide what options are available to each of us.
Microsoft made some changes to the Windows Store policies to bring Firefox to the Windows Store
Previously, Microsoft required web browsers to use the engine the Windows maker built into its platform, which meant Firefox couldn’t run on its own engine.
Not only was this bad for you, it was bad for the web because it meant the web on Windows 11 only had the features that Microsoft provided. People deserve the choice and we’re glad there’s an easier way to download Firefox on Windows.
With new policy changes, Firefox now ships directly to Windows users using its Gecko engine. This means that the browser remains private, safe and secure and maintains its own engine. These Microsoft Store policy changes also mean that more third-party browsers can now be made available in the official store.
go over to Microsoft Store to download Mozilla Firefox.