Microsoft has a pretty serious problem on their hands. As reported by Torrent Freak, there are multiple apps in the Windows Store that are trending. That may seem innocent, but it’s not. In fact, these apps happen to be illegal pirated movie and TV show apps that advertise “free movies.” Matridox was able to find a huge list of these apps and even download & run them on one of our Windows 10 laptops. See for yourself.
Clearly, Microsoft has a pretty major problem on their hands. The fact that these apps are popping up in the Trending section of the Windows Store should indicate the Store is seriously lacking in legit, legal applications. The company’s new push to get more apps available on the platform for use with something like Windows 10 S should help some in this regard, but the fact these types of apps even get through Microsoft’s screening process is baffling in itself.
Not only are these apps getting through, there’s also way too many. Some rip each other’s services off and slap a new logo on them as if they’re unique to the respective developer. That’s a problem in itself because it violates any terms and conditions agreement basically on the planet. It’s essentially stolen property, but hey, so is the content available for streaming through the apps.
Whether Microsoft will start an initiative to get these apps off the Windows Store is hard to tell. While I never really brought it to light, I have seen these types of apps on the Store for quite some time, at least for the time that Windows 10 has been available. Therefore, it looks like this issue isn’t very significant to the company, but seriously, it should be. This is extremely illegal since Microsoft is essentially making the apps available to millions and millions of users of the company’s desktop OS. And if a movie studio or media brand want to take action, the company and all users of the apps could be in serious trouble.
All in all, this issue seems to be just getting started. We’ve reached out to Microsoft for comment and will let you know if we hear back.