Linked by jockm on Thu 28th Aug 2014 22:18 UTC

Microsoft has explained that they have removed more than 1500 apps from the store.

Every app store finds its own balance between app quality and choice, which in turn opens the door to people trying to game the system with misleading titles or descriptions. Our approach has long been to create and enforce strong but transparent policies to govern our certification and store experience. Earlier this year we heard loud and clear that people were finding it more difficult to find the apps they were searching for; often having to sort through lists of apps with confusing or misleading titles.


This process is continuing as we work to be as thorough and transparent as possible in our review. Most of the developers behind apps that are found to violate our policies have good intentions and agree to make the necessary changes when notified. Others have been less receptive, 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).

The upside is that the store becomes a better, less cluttered and misleading place; the downside is that the walled garden is stronger. Is a top down approach really what we want, or is there a a better, community driven, approach that could be taken?

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RE: Good
by japh on Fri 29th Aug 2014 09:32 UTC in reply to "Good"
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It's good to see some pro-active policing.

Waiting until the situation get so unbearable that the net starts filling up with articles about how bad things are is not what I'd call "pro-active".

Microsoft is often good at listening when people complain loud enough, but they're re-active. Especially in this case when number of apps seems to be the way to measure success, they wouldn't have removed apps if it wasn't a burden to keep them.

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