Microsoft has shouted loudly that it loves Free Software. But we really have few samples of it. While it is true that Ubuntu and other distributions are integrated into Windows 10, to this day, little of their software has been licensed under the GPL or at least released for free.
For this, news like the arrival of Krita and Inkscape to the Microsoft Store are important and interesting to know.The Microsoft Store is a store of applications and other products that Microsoft integrated into Windows 10. In such a way that the user can download and install any application with a single click. In this application store (like the one we have on smartphones) Krita and Inkscape, two emblematic applications of Free Software in graphics editing, have been uploaded.
Krita, unlike Gimp, is fully compatible with Photoshop files
Krita was born within the Calligra suite, but its popularity was such that it quickly became independent of the suite to be a unique and complete application. Inkscape, on the other hand, was born as a unique application focused on vector design, trying to be the free alternative to CorelDraw.
Thus, it seems that Microsoft wants to offer free alternatives to Phootshop and CorelDraw, alternatives that operating systems such as Gnu / Linux have offered for a long time and that their users know their advantages and possibilities.
I know many of you prefer Gimp, a rival of Krita, but unlike Gimp, Krita supports and reads Photoshop format, while Gimp still has trouble reading it perfectly.
Personally I love the news and the idea of introducing free applications in stores like Microsoft Store, because it advertises them and teaches other users that Free Software is as powerful as Private Software, but with advantages that other programs do not have. However, What application do you think Microsoft will upload to its Store? Will it be LibreOffice? Could it be Midori? What do you think?