Microsoft bans game emulators from the Windows Store

It appears Microsoft updated its store policies on March 29th to ban game emulators, as the previous policy revision in January didn't include "Apps that emulate a game system are not allowed on any device family". But the list is disappointingly short, even for a company that's essentially abandoned this OS, and some of the omissions are shocking.

"Starting with Windows 10 build 14986, Microsoft enabled PowerShell by default in the context menu in File Explorer".

The company will now publish more information about the data it collects.

Most Windows 10 Pro systems won't receive Creators Update via Windows Update until Microsoft certifies the upgrade as business ready, a milestone typically met about four months after code debuts to Home users.

For those installing Windows 10 for the first time, direct to Creators Update, will be presented with a slightly similar screen but with slightly more verbose descriptions. Thus, there's no Windows 10 loophole for emulation listings within the Windows Store.

We have already discussed some of the new features the Creators Update will usher in, but Microsoft invited Silicon to take a closer look at the next and consumer-focused version of Windows 10 ahead of its launch. The Security privacy option is only available for some Windows 10 editions (Enterprise, Mobile Enterprise, Education and IoT Core), plus Windows Server 2016, as explained in this TechNet article. The portal has controls to view and clear browsing history, search history and location information. However, Microsoft will also be "providing a detailed summary of the data" it collects from users at both basic and full levels of diagnostics. With that in mind, we should see Microsoft collecting less data overall from users. The Swiss data protection and privacy regulatory agency previously threatened to sue Microsoft over its privacy practices, while European Union regulators also expressed concerns and pressured the company to make changes, ZDNet reports.

  • Zachary Reyes