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Win Phone 7 to have same remote app disabling as iPhone

updated 03:15 pm EDT, Wed March 17, 2010

Microsoft can shut down WP7 apps at will

Microsoft on the last day of MIX10 has confirmed that it can remotely disable Windows Phone 7 apps sold through the Windows Phone Marketplace. As all apps have to be given a license to run in the OS, the company can prevent them from running by revoking the license. The method would likely only be used in an emergency in case of a virus or other rogue behavior, the company's Istvan Cseri said in a presentation.

The approach is a step backwards from Windows Mobile but would mirror that taken by Apple. The iPhone requires certificate signing for apps and makes developers sign an agreement that lets Apple pull iPhone apps from customers' phones. Apple isn't known to have ever removed an app directly.

Microsoft is known to be taking a much more direct role overseeing app approvals and has vowed that it would be more open and consistent than Apple, but it has already said it would ban apps that use the "back" button on a WP7 phone for anything other than closing a dialog box. More definite rules should be available in May. [via Engadget]



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  1. WiseWeasel

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    Joined: Apr 1999

    +1

    Duh

    If you're going to run your own regulated App repository, in effect taking responsibility for all the content within, it would be irresponsible not to have the ability to disable malware that managed to slip through the screening process. This is the feared but necessary 'nuclear option' for online software distributors, and must be regarded as such by all parties involved. There is disincentive for everyone for it to be used in all but the most clear-cut cases of user-hostile activity.

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