The 15042 build of Windows 10 is now available to users in the ring of quick updates of this Microsoft operating system, and among the novelties there is a curious.
This is the option that will make it more difficult to install applications from outside the Windows Store. In OS X long ago that Gatekeeper did the same, and now the option, arguable for many users, will definitely land in Windows 10 with its Creators Update.
Windows Store wants to be protagonist in Windows 10
The idea of this option is precisely the same as Apple had with Gatekeeper : make your App Store the only valid way to install "approved" applications for OSX / macOS.
The problem with that decision is that it makes things difficult for lifelong users accustomed to being able to install software from all kinds of sources, and that in fact rarely use Windows Store for this purpose.
Microsoft wants to boost the use of its application store, and although there are interesting advantages in this model (such as greater protection against malware applications or bloatware) one of the virtues of Windows has always been to be able to install applications downloaded from all types of sources .
The installation of Win32 applications can be blocked in any edition of Windows 10, including the Enterprise, and although the option can be disabled in Windows 10 settings, we must be aware of the evolution of a measure that could block the installation of applications From sources other than the Windows Store.
We will have to see how this affects solutions that like Steam serve to install games on our PCs, and also how the millions of developers who continue to distribute their applications through all types of websites, and not only through the Windows Store (If they offer them there).