Recently we started a firestorm by telling the world how the Windows 8 app store was completely full of scam applications, and Microsoft has officially responded by removing 1500 applications and pledging to keep it clean.
As part of their new application certification requirements, which according to their announcement were actually put into place in June, they are going to be enforcing the following changes:
- Application Name needs to clearly identify the functionality of the application
- Category needs to match the actual application function
- Icons must be unique instead of allowing stolen icons
They have already removed 1500 scammy applications from the store, they are going to give refunds to those people that were affected, and they will be applying the new requirements to all new applications as well.
These revised policies are being applied to all new app submissions and existing app updates for both the Windows and Windows Phone Store. We’ve also been working on titles already in the catalog, conducting a review of Windows Store to identify titles that do not comply with our modified certification requirements.
causing us to remove more than 1,500 apps as part of this review so far (as always we will gladly refund the cost of an app that is downloaded as a result of an erroneous title or description).
According to the announcement, they are adding new resources to help clean up the store and keep it clean, which means they finally are putting humans back into the certification process to make sure that applications are high quality, and they have people cleaning up the store.
This is great news for everybody involved, and we applaud Microsoft for taking this step. Getting any large company to make changes quickly is difficult, and based on our checking into the Windows Store, it looks like they have really cleaned things up a lot.
How we’re addressing misleading apps in Windows Store - Microsoft
This needs to be revisited in a few months time to see if its being kept up. Maybe make it a regular feature - StoreWatch!
Good work guys! (that's HTG by the way not MS, this is what you should have been doing in the first place MS!)
Can the comment system on the normal posts be switched to the forum comment system too? It is so much easier to use.
Pledges to Keep it Clean - yeah, that will last until the next high-profile story bemoaning how the Android and Apple app stores have so many more apps than the Windows store
Now if they can do that with the Windows Phone store!
Supposedly these changes are also going to be made to the Windows Phone store, from some of the other stories that I've read online.
The only difference is that nobody uses Windows Phone
I will keep an eye on this issue but this move by Microsoft will put a windows tablet in the running when I get ready to get a new one, sorry Microsoft I do not own a smartphone and do not plan to in the future.
If you are mostly planning on using a tablet for web browsing, Twitter, Facebook, and a few other things, the Windows tablet is a perfectly decent option.
If you were hoping to play lots of good games, have great apps, and integrate with Google services, the Windows tablet isn't a good choice. Either Android or iPad would be better.
sadly... I actually know someone who does, my dad... I told him it wasn't a great choice but nope, never listens to me.
I use windows phone and I think it is great. The only problem is no one wants to touch because of it's app selection. It's app selection was horrible in early 2013 but now it has everything I need.