Microsoft reverses ban on paid open source software

Microsoft appears to be rolling back its Store policy to ban paid apps based on open source software. In a tweet he says Microsoft Store General Manager Giorgio Sardo has stated that a new Store Policy has been introduced and no longer refers to the new rule that was introduced on June 16.

Sardo stresses that the idea behind banning paid open source software was to protect consumers. The Microsoft Store has countless apps that have taken advantage of the basics that are available for free elsewhere. Consider the Audacity audio editor, which is open source software that has been sold for money by third parties. In fact, this is a scam where fraudulent developers sell a copy of an existing free app.

But there have also been criticisms of Microsoft’s new rule. Developers complained that the new rules prevented them from building on existing open source projects. At least to make money with it. In addition, software authors were allowed to earn money with their open source software. On the other hand, it was often unclear when a person now “owns” such a project.

Point 10.8.7 no longer mentions “open source” in the new Microsoft Store rules, as it was until recently. In the Store Policy Change Register From Microsoft, a summary of the relevant rule can still be read.


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