Microsoft changes its policy against the sale of open source software in the Microsoft Store

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After antagonizing software developers by implementing a ban on the sale of open source software in its app store, Microsoft has reversed its decision.

The company says it listened to the feedback – which was vocal and negative – and updated Microsoft Stores policies, removing references to open source pricing. Microsoft also clarified why it implemented the ban.

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Policy changes that effectively banned the sale of open source went into effect last month, but Microsoft has already been forced to back down in the face of mounting criticism.

In a series of tweets announcing the latest policy changes that remove this ban, Microsoft’s Giorgio Sardo says the previous policy was intended to “help protect customers from misleading product listings”:

He goes on to say that Microsoft wants to help support developers and give them flexibility:

In a policy history update, Microsoft makes a brief explanation change :

Update to 10.8.7 to remove language related to open-source or other freeware.

The latest version of the Microsoft Store policy document is visible here.

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