This is in response to Comment 13 of the meta bug: https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1708830#c13. That ticket shouldn't collect such specific discussions; they're better here, where we may actually act on them.
(In reply to BEEDELL ROKE JULIAN LOCKHART from comment #12)
It would not. Did I not explain that?
Unlisted submission of them (which is what http://microsoft.com/store/productId/9NZVDKPMR9RD has been submitted as) shall ensure that technologically ignorant users do not use other versions of the browser, because they should not be anyway, yet if the hyperlink to the package shall be publically provided to people that are desiring evaluation of beta and developmental releases, it shall allow people that are technologically competent to test releases much more easily.
How does it allow testers to "test releases much more easily" though? If it's unlisted, I just don't see the benefit of putting it in the Microsoft Store compared to what we're already doing right now.
The Microsoft Store allows publicly accessible IDs (URLs) to not show up in search results. I interpreted the suggestion from BEEDELL ROKE JULIAN LOCKHART to mean that we'd list all of the following in the Store:
- Beta (not in search results)
- Devedition (not in search results)
That means that the vast majority of users will get Firefox Release, which is what we want, while technically savvy users can get Beta and Devedition from direct links circulated in other forums. Eventually, after Release is established, we can put Beta in search results (and maybe Devedition).
That seems a good balance between the advantages of being in the store (automatic updates, easy uninstalls) while ensuring that Firefox users get the "real" Firefox (stable, well tested).