Two popular open source apps, Inkscape and Krita have landed on the Windows Store providing easier access for Windows 10 users. Inkscape will remain a free download from the Windows Store but the Krita team has taken the opportunity to levy a $9.75 charge for its software. The software will remain free to download from their website but the Windows Store edition has a few technical perks.
By picking up Krita in the Windows Store you’ll receive automatic updates, an easier installation, it’ll run in a sandbox and some of the money will go to maintain Krita; although they do note in a blog post that if your main aim is giving money to the project, that donations are more effective because Microsoft takes a slice of the payment.
In the aforementioned post, Krita wrote:
“There are no functional differences between Krita as downloaded from this website, and Krita as downloaded from the Windows store. It’s the same binaries, only differently packaged.”
The Windows Store is just the latest repository that Krita has been added to, it’s also available through Steam and as a Linux Snap package. Despite the inclusion in the Windows Store, neither app plans to deviate away from the GPL license.