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Developers asked, Microsoft provided: reduced certification times for WP apps

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Developers asked, Microsoft provided: reduced certification times for WP apps
Microsoft is rolling out a renovated and improved certification workflow for the Windows Phone OS, which is said to greatly shorten the necessary time to certify an app. According to the Redmond giant, it will now take less than a day, or sometimes just an hour, to certify an app for the platform, while "maintaining app quality".

It seems that the developers of WP apps have been somewhat troubled by the long certification times, however, Microsoft hasn't overlooked their requests – for the past several months, the software giant has been working on this "new streamlined workflow".

Thanks to the new workflow method, the developers will be notified about their certification data in a different way. Up until now, they received an email with a PDF file attached to it. Thanks to the new workflow, the certification results will now be directly available on the developers' Dev Center Dashboard once their apps get reviewed and approved. What's more, the Dashboard will now provide the developers with additional, more insightful information about each app's overall downloads and in-app purchases.

The new workflow has been rolling out for the past few weeks, and Microsoft states that some time may pass before the changes within the certification workflow reach all developers.

source: Microsoft via WPCentral

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posted on 17 Feb 2014, 09:48 7

1. networkdood (Posts: 6261; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Awesome, this shall make our resident Windows lover, rodneyej1, very happy....

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 10:29

4. sgodsell (Posts: 1065; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


Hey but he should look at programming for Android, since there are rumors of Android apps running on WP. Since the WP install base and number of apps is so tiny in comparison to Android.

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 15:37 6

14. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3523; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


You know where my one x is right now?.. At home on my dresser....
You know why? Because I think that WP is a lot better.... So, it's only natural that you would see me on as many WP articles speaking positive, and being enthusiastic, about a product that I obviously love using...
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Now, my question to you is that why do we see you on as many WP articles as possible speaking negatively, and being unenthusiastic, about a product that you obviously have never used, or do not enjoy using?...
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One of us is wasting our time here, and that person is obviously four things.
1. A troll
2. Insecure about his/her own platform
3. Extremely immature
4. Very board
BONUS::: 5. ALL OF THE ABOVE.
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answer... #5= Anyone who doesn't like, or believe in WP, and who challenges this comment..

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 16:19 1

16. sprockkets (Posts: 1155; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


HTC and their One X sucked, no wonder you went WP.

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 16:44 1

18. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3523; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


I've been with WP from the beginning, heck since WinMo!... But, not even a GS5 could pull me away from my 920, or 1520..
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It's like a Porsche Boxter... Sure there's sports cars that have more power, and have more bells, and whistles, but they just aren't a Porsche Boxter.. It's not the fastest, most technologically advanced, sports car money can buy, but it has a personality that just can't be duplicated by anything else.. It not about it being better than a Ferrari Enzo, or faster than a Murciélago, but it's appreciated for what it is, what it has to offer, its personality, style, and refinement.... It's not about popularity, its about soul.. And for me Niche is soulful...
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WP has stuck around regardless of adversity, and continued to move forward.. Just think about how MS just won't give up on it no matter how low WP's market share is.. It's called backbone, and sticking to your guns.. That's what Apple has done, and they aren't the largest, but they have soul... Soul, and pride, is important to us WP fans, and for us to sit here and say that after almost four years of sticking by this tiny platform that speaks volumes about the experience we've had with WP...
It's not for everyone, but it's for someone, and that deserves respect...

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 17:43 2

19. elitewolverine (Posts: 1417; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


I prefer my e46 m3 over the boxster

Though I do feel a premium finish of my 925 over the s4/s3. Today was a fun day in the store when I bought another 925 and the associate looked at me with a odd look asking why I liked it over the s4.

It took a few minutes but after photo shoot out between the display 925 and display s4, as well as office integration, and other things (s4 crashed which was fun). I smiled and simply stated...that's why. Funny enough someone watching was about to buy a LG droid bought the 925 and I spent 15mins to show them a few things with their new phone. They were a photo type person and greatly enjoyed the nokia app.

I think once the app store merges with the rt store, and the java we will see much more apps fly.

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 20:47

21. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3523; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Lol! Nice!!

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 20:04 1

20. sprockkets (Posts: 1155; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


'WP has stuck around regardless of adversity, and continued to move forward.. Just think about how MS just won't give up on it no matter how low WP's market share is.. It's called backbone, and sticking to your guns."

Whoa, you used a winmob phone? Those things sucked royally, and I say that from the perspective of someone who had to support them back in the day.

As for MS sticking to their guns, uh, well, they already spent probably close to $15 billion on it already, with r&d, advertising, bribing Nokia to do it, then buying them out, and paying people to develop for it. They can force it to succeed even it if is completely stupid to do so.

Well, IMO, I wouldn't call anything MS made "Porshe" level. Maybe GM 80s and 90s level at best.

My Moto Ming may have fit into your category. But hey, to each his own really :)

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 20:48

22. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3523; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


And that's exactly why nobody takes your comments seriously...

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 20:51

23. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3523; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


But, you still didn't answer my question.. Do I need to ask you again, or can you go back and find it yourself?

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 21:45

29. elitewolverine (Posts: 1417; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


As an owner of both a bmw, (older Porsche that was tracked used before selling), and several 80-90's gm's. I would have to say that you have not had such luck in comparing them to even compare it to the 925 feel vs the s3/s4.

I loved my s3, but it wasn't without its droid issues, and using my 925, I don't miss the s4 one minute, especially since I do enjoy my note 3 very very much, just not my 'go to phone' is all.

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 21:08 1

25. joey_sfb (Posts: 2758; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


WP will die its inevitable. In 2015 Microsoft will battle Google using their own weapons against them.

In fact it will do a lot more damage then WP could ever hope to do. Imagine, Android developers submitting their 100% working apps into Microsoft's Play Store. That store will boom quickly plus their enterprise services that already ahead of Google.

Google will have a tough fight ahead. In order for that to happen WP must die!

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 21:23

26. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3523; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


You really need to move out of your moms basement, dude... You should be worrying about what your next real life move should be instead of playing your pathetic Google/Microsoft chess game...
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Dungeons and Dragons, Comic-con, Star trek???? Do those things excite you?

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 21:31 1

28. joey_sfb (Posts: 2758; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


LOL! I surprise you even bother to reply me. I bought my own house and has been staying there, rent out a room to collect some rental.

Anyway, you are free to disagree but the fact that Microsoft is working on a fork suggest that they are looking into this strategy.

Personally, I am with you I prefer that they keep their focus on WP. They have used this strategy before and won!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Embrace,_extend_and_extinguish

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 21:48 2

30. elitewolverine (Posts: 1417; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


And you don't think any company doesn't do this Joey?

You may have bought your own house, but I hardly doubt you know anything about board room competition between companies.

Yes I can see it now, Samsung offering less, making ads about how they offer less, and then waiting for cash to roll in. Instead, offering competing products, use market share and then win out because of it.

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 22:04 1

32. joey_sfb (Posts: 2758; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


I really don't understand what is wrong with my comments. Its a logical evaluation that Microsoft might focus resources into their fork and when WP get in the way it will be eliminated like they did away with their Games for windows which in their book is taking customers away from their xbox console.

Games for windows faces multiple stronger foes such as steam, origins, gamestop etc. Since they can't eliminate them by competition. They are hoping windows 8 would do the job but since windows 8 is the new vita Microsoft shut down Games for windows to cut their losses.

So base on this track record Microsoft will end WP sooner rather than later and did we hear they are developing wp9? No, but we now know why because they are busy with an Android fork.

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 23:41

40. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3523; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Joey... Even for you that is even the most silliest comment ever made in PA history..
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WP9?.... Really?

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 23:39

39. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3523; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Lol.. Yeah, I couldn't resist replying that time..
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But, what makes you so sure that MS is working on a forked version of Android?.. Where's the evidence in this?.. Link?

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 00:03 2

42. joey_sfb (Posts: 2758; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Well, everyone is free to make their comment whether its silly to you or not? LOL!

Just because the comment does not praise WP its automatic be shoot down by you. Since when have you give an unbiased comment on WP.

The lack of apps... ignore by you.
The restriction on hardware design...ignore by you
The lack of features e.g file manager...ignore by you.

https://www.google.com/search?q=wp+lacking+feature+list&sourceid=ie7&rls=com.microsoft:en-US:IE-Address&ie=&oe=

You blindly praise WP ever since you joined PA and therefore invite a lot of negative remarks to counter you.

Nokia Normandy and Microsoft looking to fork has been discuss widely in the internet and whether they do or not we shall see in due course.

https://www.google.com/search?q=microsoft+forking+android&sourceid=ie7&rls=com.microsoft:en-US:IE-Address&ie=&oe=

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 01:37

45. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3523; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


It's not being blind to the imperfections of WP, it's called not dwelling on the negative, which is small, but rather praising the platform for what it does well, which is a lot!... And, that's what I'm going to continue to do on every WP article.. Don't expect any less from me on that front.....
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You need to just decide whether you like WP or not, so that you can either give some constructive criticism, or move on to articles about platforms that you do like..
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The bottom line is that you are loosing the battle convincing WP fans that WP isn't as good as they think it is.. These are WP articles, and people like you need to finally understand that.. You're waiting your time!
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What do you hope to accomplish? And answer the question please!

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 01:48 1

48. joey_sfb (Posts: 2758; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


I am not here to convince any one. i am here just to remind you of the reality.

We are but the opposite sides of the coin.

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 02:40

50. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3523; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Remind me???... I'm 36 years old, dude.. I don't think I need you reminding me of anything.. I know what I like, and that's that.. As soon as you mature you'll understand that you just need to respect others choices...
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Do you think you know something that I don't?

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 03:57

51. joey_sfb (Posts: 2758; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Old and stubborn! Like I said people are free to express their opinion. If you can't handle it that your business.

Do you think we are ever going to stop! I actually thought of not commenting on this WP article and you know what your posting 14. challenging trolls made me change my mind.

So before you blame others, take a look at your own comment.

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 21:50

31. elitewolverine (Posts: 1417; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


All those excite me....

Bill Gates himself was a dungeon master...now he is the richest person in the USA. Star Trek has shape who we are today through tech, I wouldn't knock that either. Comic-con, dude girls in skimpy clothing...why not.

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 22:42 1

35. networkdood (Posts: 6261; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


lol, rodneyej1, I used to own a TILT 8925 - back in the days of Windows when you could mod a Windows phones. I still may go back to one as Nokia keeps making them better, but it bothers me that the devices are so locked up. Everyone and anyone has a right to not believe in Windows OS, afterall, Microsoft is not a very trustworthy company and their PC OS is so full of security holes that IT guys call it the Swiss Cheese OS. As for it being better, well, I do like the Tiles, at times, and have installed a Win8 Tiles launcher on my device - I mean, Android does that sort of thing, you know, allows a user to drastically change the look of the software. I love a device that is completely unlocked, and the TILT 8925 was just that, for me, as is my Nexus 5 (although, I do want a phablet size phone to play emulator ROMs on it).
I am pro Android, but not blind, like many APPLE OS lovers are. I actually have no problem switching as I did once before, but Windows is not there...just admit it and stop being insecure about your OS...oh btw....it is not your OS, as Android is not my OS - it is just an OS...

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 01:43

46. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3523; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


It's not there for your needs.. I'll admit that..
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For WP fans, and a lot of consumers, WP is there...
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I'm very secure in my platform of choice the question is if people who troll on WP articles are secure in theirs.. Go look at my comments in other articles about other devices.. I say good things where fit.. I can give credit where credit is due, and that's something I've always done...
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I'm sorry.. Try again.

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 14:13 1

12. rihel_95 (Posts: 211; Member since: 21 Mar 2012)


I am surprised to see rodneyej1 to be so late to comment in WP article.

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 15:20 1

13. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3523; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Lol!.. That it does, my friend..
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That it does..

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 10:07 4

2. alterecho (Posts: 1073; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


If only they listened to the users too...

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 10:29 5

5. dratomic (Posts: 458; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


if they did, wps market share would have been a double digit number

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 11:46 3

9. sprockkets (Posts: 1155; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


They did! They put the users first!

And then they thought putting that UI on every MS product would be awesome!

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 12:22 3

10. dratomic (Posts: 458; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


ha ha. i really dont like tiles. 1+

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 21:01 1

24. elitewolverine (Posts: 1417; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


They didn't?

Or are they just not bending over to fit alterecho's wishes...

I am surprised you have lived this long without a notification center on your 521 right? I know I remember you saying you were 'forced' into buying it.

Between teching droids all day (so much win there) and using my win device, I will stick to the lack of things right now than to have to look forward to a app store that has way to many, 'battery savers', 'anti virus', 'google sphere how is that word "flappy" doing?'....I could name more but I know what you care about.

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 21:28

27. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3523; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


I try to sympathize with this guy, and we all get frustrated by even the most petty things in life, but I swear this guy is going to jump off a bridge one day because he's not satisfied with WP..
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Personally, I never believed that he/it has ever used, less known than owned, a WP device... He's whining is really sad.. I mean in real life it's sad..

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 22:22

33. xeonfire (Posts: 17; Member since: 15 Feb 2014)


I rather have 5 good quality apps to choose from than 1000 similar apps that suck a$$.
I still use my Note 8.0, for work and reading, but otherwise, i really enjoy using my 925.
People who are whinning about how WP lacks this and that, come on man, how many things do you need to tweak on your phone, need to get a life...

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 22:46 1

36. networkdood (Posts: 6261; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


While that is true, there are more variety of apps on the play store than any other app store OS. If you want I could list all of my apps that I use on here - if that helps you...

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 01:45

47. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3523; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Ok, then why are you here?

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 11:42

53. networkdood (Posts: 6261; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Because once upon a time I owned a Windows phone, so a small part of me hopes it makes a comeback...also, I have heard much about the legendary quality of the camera on a Nokia phone, and I have owned LG, HTC, Samsung smartphones and am always up for something new and different, despite its imperfections...if a phone is too perfect I grow bored...of it...lol

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 10:17 5

3. lucid.brat (Posts: 84; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


Microsoft now working very quickly for its wp

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 10:33 4

6. sgodsell (Posts: 1065; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


Any quicker and it will slow down time. Oh wait they already did slow down time.

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 10:46 5

7. Liveitup (Posts: 1082; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


Windows Phone is already the best looking, most consistent, smoothest OS in my opinion, between updating and adding features in 8.1 that non users and users requested and listening to developers, Microsoft is taken WP to new heights.

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 15:42 1

15. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3523; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


All recent MS products have been just as good, or better than the competition, and they are just getting better, and better... MS can make some stupid decisions, bit in the past few years they have really improved on their products and services.. I'm proud to say I use WP, and have a W8 PC.. The experience hs just been amazing.

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 22:47

37. networkdood (Posts: 6261; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


I may switch to WP8 someday, but, I usually stick with the older OS, for a few years - loved WIN XP the best - hated Vista - win7 is pretty decent. But, I partitioned my 2 TB hard drive so that I can give another OS a try....

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 23:46 1

41. dratomic (Posts: 458; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


same as me.
xp love
vista hate
7 love
8 hate
9 maybe ms does it right this time

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 10:50 6

8. pureviewuser (Posts: 127; Member since: 11 Nov 2012)


Great now ms is doing business the right. Way go ms go

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 12:35 3

11. papss (unregistered)


Wow.. I'm really impressed by their work flow as of late.

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 16:20 2

17. Credo (Posts: 692; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)


Great to see this Microsoft, as long as you attract more developers into the game!

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 22:35

34. xeonfire (Posts: 17; Member since: 15 Feb 2014)


Ya I have been wanting to try WP, and since I got a 925 with the black update, I don't miss my android at all...in fact I find the samsung touch whiz a bit messy compare to WP OS...but I still use both.
Some people who are so obsess with downing WP don't know how successful MS is in the enterprise sector, and the potential for them is great in linking the mobile with the cloud and the entetprise, there aren't going anywhere soon, they won't die.
With new leadership at the helm, anything is possible.
I think the last MS chief has not got a very good vision of the future back then, that's why MS is lagging behind a bit, but over a 100 % sales increase for WP is no joke, people are digging WP.

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 22:51 1

38. networkdood (Posts: 6261; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Would be nice if their apps actually worked probably on KitKat OS devices (Android). I am willing to switch to new WIN mobile OS - IF I can unlock the device's bootloader, root the device, and mod to my heart's content - you show me a top end Win8 device that can do that, and I can overlook the lack of apps, and lack of customization, as I once did with Android years ago. Until then, Android beats Windows, hands down...still. Do not get butte hurt because I say this, but I am just saying it. When another OS catches my eye, I will pay attention closely, until then, it is Android OS that does the most of all mobile OSes, and that is just a fact....

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 00:36

43. networkdood (Posts: 6261; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


properly, not probably - lol, my apologies

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 01:50

49. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3523; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Sounds like you should just stick with Android.. Choice is good!.. But, who here cares?

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 11:39

52. networkdood (Posts: 6261; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


I guess so - I mean Windows users will just become like Apple users - buy the product because of the logo - blind loyalty is dangerous...

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 00:48

44. networkdood (Posts: 6261; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Good article/information on the staggering amount of fines Microsoft has paid (in Europe) for their shady business practices...http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_​Union_Microsoft_competition_case

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 14:17

54. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1054; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


Wow after reading all the comments above that show people are still debating the merits of MS Windows 8 smart phones over Android smart phones I wonder if I should put mine out.
Android smart are Ok they have been on the market place years before Windows 8 "NT core" smart phones hit the market. Windows 7 smart phones are not the same as Windows 8 smart phones although they have the same looking UI. MS Windows 8 smart phones can now use all the high the gear Apple and Android smart phones can use. Microsoft can now do what it does best make good software for it. if you have checked out the shear volume of new features the update to Windows 8.1 smart phone OS is going to give to the present Owners of Windows 8 smart phones you can tell MS in house programmers are not fooling around. In a short time Windows 8.1 smart phones will have feature for feature equivalents to what Apple Iphones and Android smart phones already have. Windows smart phones will be as good as the other smart phones in a short time. Developers can see this coming and want to make their contribution to Windows smart phones because they know it's a smart phone OS that will grow and gain customers. I am glad Microsoft now makes it easier for Developers to Put the apps on Windows 8 smart phones especially since I own one.

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 14:36

55. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1054; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


Hmm I am going to see if I can make an early update from a Verizon 928 to a brand new verizon Windows 8.1 smart phone although my smart phone can make the soft ware update. some times it pays to do that

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