Microsoft to Cleanse Windows Store of Questionable Apps

Posted by at 11:38 am on August 28, 2014

Microsoft has announced it is making changes to the Windows Store in order to improve the quality of the apps therein.

To start, it has established three main criteria apps need to pass in order to be certified for sale through the store. App names need to clearly and accurately reflect what the app does; the app must fall into a category so it is easier to discern the app’s function and purpose; and app icons must be sufficiently differentiated from other apps to avoid confusion.

Microsoft said many of its developers were receptive to making changes so their apps fall in line with the new policy. Some developers, however, did not, and Microsoft has removed 1,500 apps from the Windows Store.

Microsoft said it will continue to review apps currently in the store to make sure they adhere to the new policies.

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