Microsoft removes 1500 misleading apps from the Windows Phone Store

Microsoft removes 1500 misleading apps from the Windows Phone Store
Apple went through it. Google suffered, too. Now, as the Windows Phone Store grows in size, Microsoft needs to make sure that misleading apps are quickly removed before a bad experience happens to too many of the platform's users. So Microsoft has put through three changes to help it eliminate misleading apps that hurt the customer experience.

The name of the app now must "clearly and accurately reflect the functionality of the app." That makes common sense. Apps also will now be listed in categories based on the function of the app, and its purpose. Lastly, Microsoft is eliminating icons that look like ones used by a different app. All three of these new changes should prevent developers from taking advantage of another popular app, to attract buyers.

The new regulations are in place for new apps being added to the Windows Phone Store, and for existing apps that are getting updated. Microsoft is reviewing the Windows Phone Store, looking for apps that do not meet the "modified certification requirements." As you might expect, Microsoft says that most developers whose apps did not meet the revisions, were more than happy to make the changes so that their apps could qualify under the new rules.

So far, Microsoft has had to remove 1500 apps when the developer behind it, refused to get into line with Microsoft's new policies. And by the way, Microsoft says that it will gladly issue a refund to its customers who purchased an app because of a misleading title or app description. Microsoft says that its review is still going on, and for those with an issue about an app, your best bet is to use the "report concern to Microsoft" link in the store.

source: Windows via WPCentral



1. Derekjeter

Posts: 1546; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Microsoft removes 1500 apps. That leaves 0 apps in WP store. Lol.

5. Beijendorf unregistered

Classic. Great joke. Incredibly original. There's over 300 000 apps in their store. Fewer high-quality apps than in the Apple store, but still respectable for their market position.

11. Vexify

Posts: 570; Member since: Jun 16, 2014


14. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

they should remove the 350 flappy bird clones and all the VLC clones ...if that happens WP will be left with half the apps lel

7. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2280; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

That leaves WP users more satisfied with such apps removed. I don't know why you have a problem with that. Enjoy the platform you're using.

12. arenanew

Posts: 286; Member since: Dec 30, 2013

google have 450000 waste app ha ha lol


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

You are pretty dumb, that was a joke you could make few years ago! Now WP is growing with 2000 apps every day!

35. gazmatic

Posts: 822; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

26 empty headed people

37. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Microsoft removes 1500 apps. That leaves 298,500 apps in WP store....not lol. You don't know math.

2. Drsarcastic

Posts: 136; Member since: Jul 23, 2014

So that leaves 2 apps left? But seriously, great move by Microsoft.

3. bigdawg23

Posts: 467; Member since: May 25, 2011

You beat me to it.

8. 87186

Posts: 312; Member since: Aug 01, 2014

simple minds think alike.

4. Beijendorf unregistered

After a massive Reddit Frontpage thread about it and large community discussions, Microsoft pays attention and takes immediate action. Thank you for finally listening and cleaning up your store, Microsoft!

6. naittosan

Posts: 243; Member since: Jun 28, 2014


9. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

There should also be a Reddit front page thread about MS horrible marketing of WP. Also carriers and carrier employees lack of true support.

13. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

"Thank you for finally listening and cleaning up your store, Microsoft!" So far, Microsoft's actions, while positive, are nothing but lip service. A miniscule effort so they can say "we listened and we acted". At least half the remaining apps in the WP store are fakeware/scamware/cloneware/crapware/etc. Regardless of how this percentage compares to other platforms, if Microsoft weren't a lame lazy monopoly that had to be publicly shamed into doing anything at all, they would clean it all up. WP doesn't have a marketing problem. First and foremost, Microsoft has a lack of effort problem. They are just lazy and lame. And for this and many other reasons, WP deserves to be a dying platform.

15. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2280; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Sometimes ranting makes people feel a bit better, even when they have no clue what they're talking about.

19. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Lol. I guess you don't like water.

21. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

In my opinion id like think that there are more fake apps in Googles and Apples stores, lets see these same guys do the exact same study of their stores, you'd find tens of thousands of fakeware/scamware/cloneware/crapware/etc especially with Google and its open nature. Just a few couple months ago for eg. As the article stated both Apple and Google have gone through this and still do in my opinion. Microsoft isn't a monopoly with 2.5% marketshare . Google is the monopoly with 85% marketshare we need choice. Microsoft isn't lazy or lame we can see this from their products and UI which has redefined UI design across the board, they simply lack proper execution. Again WP is not a dying platform, if you have more users than ever before, a larger app store than ever before more OEM making your products that ever before etc that is a sign life not death, get a grip.

10. Vexify

Posts: 570; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

Why is this news worthy? Every app store has misleading apps.

16. wilsong17 unregistered

Because window fan like to brag about windows but don't face the reality like this article

20. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

All Stores have fake apps. The article even though its written by one of Windows biggest critics on the web (Adrian Kingsley-Hughes ) even says that the same thing happens with Google and Apple stores. But it Windows so as Windows solves one problem biased minds always finds other things to bring up. One can even argue that due to the large size of Apples and Googles stores that they would have way more bad than WP but they always get a pass, the focus is always on Windows just like for eg last IDC report Apples marketshare percentage wise fell from 13% to 11% yet from reading the tech blogs you wouldn't know this because of their biasedness they focused like a laser beam on WP yet gave the more popular platform a pass.

23. Venkatramanan

Posts: 327; Member since: Aug 15, 2014

I have used both WP and Android OS. The quality of Apps is really great in WP than Android. Don't blindly support Android if you have brain. Every OS has their own pros and Cons. Accept it. I dont want the entire tech world to be dominated by google.

31. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Holy crap, that is off the charts! Action was needed apparently.

17. sinple

Posts: 132; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

what about the windows 8 desktop app stores. Those have even worse apps

18. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2362; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

True that

22. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Yeah, they are absolutely horryfying! I just went to see it other day on my bros laptop and unbelievably crappy, POSs start to already show almost instantly on best free apps and the few apps that there are from other app stores usually have worse ratings.

24. Venkatramanan

Posts: 327; Member since: Aug 15, 2014

I don't use apps store while comes to Windows 8.0.

25. Boybawang

Posts: 205; Member since: Jun 02, 2013

What's interesting is that WP has so many Youtube Downloader app :)

27. a_tumiwa

Posts: 393; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

good job Microsoft, i am tired see many misleading fake apps on WP Store

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