Windows Store: Microsoft Welcomes OSI Open Source Apps; Can Remotely Delete Windows 8 Apps

Microsoft earlier this week previewed Windows Store and First App Contest. The comapny is planning to allow applications licensed under Open Source Iniative (OSI) approved licenses to be distributed via the Windows 8 app store, revealed the recently released Windows Store User Agreement.The OSI is the body that monitors all open-source licences.The agreement specifically states:"Apps […]

Windows StoreMicrosoft earlier this week previewed Windows Store and First App Contest. The comapny is planning to allow applications licensed under Open Source Iniative (OSI) approved licenses to be distributed via the Windows 8 app store, revealed the recently released Windows Store User Agreement.

The OSI is the body that monitors all open-source licences.

The agreement specifically states:

"Apps that are released under an Open Source Initiative-recognised open source licence can, at least in the pre-release version of the Windows Store, be distributed according to terms that contradict Microsoft's Standard Application License Terms if this is required by the open source licence. Among other things, the Standard Application License Terms prohibit the sharing of applications.

Your license terms must also not conflict with the Standard Application License Terms, in any way, except if you include FOSS, your license terms may conflict with the limitations set forth in Section 3 of those Terms, but only to the extent required by the FOSS that you use. 'FOSS' means any software licensed under an Open Source Initiative Approved License."

The Register notes that while Microsoft did not name it specifically, the agreement means that the General Public License (GPL) support will not be included.

In other part of the Windows Store User Agreement, Microsoft says:

If your app includes FOSS, it must not cause any non-FOSS Microsoft software to become subject to the terms of any FOSS license.

In other Windows Store news, Microsoft will be able to throw a "kill switch" to disable or even remove an app from users' Windows 8 devices, the company revealed in documentation released earlier this week for its upcoming Windows Store, reports Computerworld.

In the document, Microsoft notes:

Can Microsoft remove apps or data from my device?

"We may change or discontinue certain apps or content offered in the Windows Store at any time, for any reason. Sometimes, we do so to respond to legal or contractual requirements."

"In cases where your security is at risk, or where we're required to do so for legal reasons, you may not be able to run apps or access content that you previously acquired or purchased a license for," said Microsoft in the Windows Store terms.

"In cases where we remove a paid app from your Windows 8 Beta device not at your direction, we may refund to you the amount you paid for the license. Some apps may also stop working if you update or change your Windows 8 Beta device, or if you attempt to use those apps on a Windows 8 Beta device with different features or processor type. You are responsible for backing up the data that you store in apps that you acquire via the Windows Store, including content you upload using those apps. If the Windows Store, an app, or any content is changed or discontinued, your data could be deleted or you may not be able to retrieve data you have stored," Microsoft said.

Adding, the company says "We have no obligation to return data to you. If sign in information or other data is stored with an expiration date, we may also delete the data as of that date."