We reported two days ago on the arrival of the popular open source office suite LibreOffice in the Microsoft Store.
LibreOffice includes several applications that make it the most powerful Free and Open Source office suite on the market: Writer (word processing), Calc (spreadsheets), Impress (presentations), Draw (vector graphics and flowcharts), Base (databases), and Math (formula editing), and is seen as a credible alternative to Microsoft Office.
The arrival of the app in the Store was met with much happiness, and the app currently has a 4 star rating in the Store.
It turns out however that the app has been published without the permission of the developer and maintainer, with Italo Vignoli of The Document Foundation saying in a statement.
“The Document Foundation has been made aware of an unofficial version of LibreOffice on the Windows Store. We are investigating further, but we want to be clear: this is not an official version created by The Document Foundation, so the app’s page is misleading. The only official source of the software (which can be downloaded for free, i.e. without any cost for the end user) is LibreOffice website: https://www.libreoffice.org. Also, the money from the Windows Store version is not collected by The Document Foundation.”
The uploading of the LibreOffice to the Microsoft Store by a 3rd party is just the latest example of a high profile embarrassment to Microsoft, with the company recently needing to remove a series of Google PWAs from the Store for the same reason. With Microsoft promoting the Store as the safest way to get apps it is clear they need to work harder to control who publish what to the Store.