Microsoft is currently testing a feature that will only allow Windows Store apps to be installed on Windows 10. Supposedly, this is to help combat bloatware by locking third parties out of the system.
When active, the feature stops users from installing traditional win32 applications. Instead, users receive a message saying that the Windows Store helps to keep the PC “safe and reliable.” Which isn’t entirely wrong as it makes it more difficult for malware to get a foothold on the system.
Starting with 15042, you can block installation of Win32 apps on ANY edition. Even Enterprise. pic.twitter.com/MHzpBkNLE3
— Vitor Mikaelson ? (@vitorgrs) February 26, 2017
While it seems draconian, the feature is designed to be turned off by default. Ideally, this means that it will only be used by people who actually want it. We assume this is aimed at enterprise users who want an additional layer of security. But it could also be useful for simplifying the Windows 10 experience for less savvy consumers.
Microsoft is expected to roll this feature out as part of the Creators Update for Windows 10 in April. Chances are that it won’t do much for the average Windows user, but could be a valuable tool for IT departments.