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Microsoft removes 1,500 misleading apps from Windows Store

08/28, 11:29am

App crackdown part of Microsoft Windows Store certification changes

Microsoft is cleaning up its Windows Store catalog, by ejecting misleading apps. After modifying the Windows Store app certification requirements to try and prevent fake apps from reaching the app store in the first place, the company has started to comb through its app listings, and has already removed more than 1,500 apps from the store.

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Microsoft starts accepting universal apps in Windows app stores

04/14, 7:36pm

Universal app submissions part of Windows Dev Center changes

Microsoft has started to accept submissions for "Universal Apps" in its Dev Center. Developers can now link apps made for the Windows Store and Windows Phone Store to create a single Windows app listing, allowing users to buy once on one platform and for it to be downloadable and usable on other Windows devices they also own.

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SlingPlayer app hits Windows Store with free trial

12/13, 2:41pm

Windows 8, RT users can take advantage of Slingbox

Slingbox announced in a post to its blog on Friday that its SlingPlayer app is now available for Windows 8.1 and RT devices. The new app pairs with a Slingbox in order to transmit video content from a user's home computer or other device directly to a user's mobile device. Users downloading the app will have access to a free test-drive period of 24 hours before it will require them to decide whether they wish to purchase it for $15.

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Windows RT 8.1 update returns to the Windows Store

10/22, 12:06pm

Microsoft restores Windows 8.1 update after fixing problem

Microsoft has reenabled the Windows 8.1 update for Windows RT, following the update having been pulled temporarily due to its crashing some users' computers. Microsoft announced the return of the 8.1 update in a tweet on Tuesday. The update is available in the Windows Store as a free download.

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Microsoft opens first of 600 pop-up Windows Stores in Best Buy

08/07, 10:47am

More Best Buy, Future Shop locations to host store-within-a-store by September

Microsoft has started to roll out its Windows Stores, smaller versions of its retail chain, into Best Buy and Future Shop locations in the United States and Canada. Revealed by the company in mid-June, the store-within-a-store will appear in more than 600 retail stores, 500 of which are in Best Buy, in order to help promote Windows Phone devices, Windows tablets, Xbox, Office, and Windows itself.

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Microsoft breaks 100,000 apps barrier in Windows Store within 8 months

07/02, 10:09am

Windows Store population faster than that of Windows Phone

Microsoft has reached the 100,000-app milestone for its Windows Store, according to a company Twitter post. It has taken the Windows 8-based app store just eight months after the operating system's launch to reach the barrier, which comes shortly after Microsoft boasted about reaching 90,000 at its Build developer conference.

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Microsoft to open store-within-a-store in 600 Best Buy locations

06/13, 3:25pm

Windows Store to show tablets, Windows Phone, Xbox consoles

Microsoft will be opening up Windows Stores inside electronics retailer Best Buy. The new announcement sees Microsoft placing a store-within-a-store version of its retail chain inside 500 Best Buy locations in the United States and more than 100 Best Buy and Future Shop stores in Canada, with the roll-out set to be finished by September.

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Microsoft rumored to cull Xbox Live Points currency, reveal at E3

05/15, 11:16am

New payment system to work on Xbox Live, Windows Store, Windows Phone Store

Microsoft may be scrapping its Points virtual currency in favor of local currency pricing, according to a report. The rumor, which has surfaced a few times in the past, is now bolstered with new claims that the new system would work across platforms, with Microsoft preparing to reveal it at the E3 game show later this year.

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Microsoft changes Windows Store policy, permits PEGI 18 apps

12/13, 6:39am

Rule changes allow gaming apps more leniency in ratings

Microsoft has changed its policy of blocking 'Adult' rated games from the Windows Store in Europe. Publishers can now submit previously-denied games rated PEGI 18 in Europe to the app store, which due to the nature of European game ratings compared to those in the US, would have prevented a number of big-name titles from being sold.

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Google Play Store nears 700K total apps

10/30, 2:14pm

Play Store approaches Apple's App Store total

Google has revealed that its Play Store app marketplace now hosts about 700,000 applications. The growth in the number of Android apps available in Google's central repository means that the search giant's app marketplace now approaches Apple's in terms of sheer scale. Google also recently announced that its Play Store had crossed the 25 billion mark for total apps downloaded.

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Microsoft update apps included in Windows 8 ahead of release

10/05, 5:32am

Improvements to Maps, SkyDrive, Bing apps

Microsoft has outlined what updates it will perform to built-in apps after installing Windows 8. A company blog post states the updates apply to apps included in the Release To Manufacturing (RTM) edition, which will update through the Windows Store system, a new addition to Windows 8, however it has not been revealed if the updates will be rolled into included apps on the version being released to customers directly.

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Microsoft bans 'Metro' name from own Windows Store

08/15, 6:56pm

Apps will 'fail certification' if Metro name used

Microsoft has effectively banned the use of the word "Metro" from its Windows Store. Developers that submit a Windows 8 app to the store using the word will "fail certification," in a move that follows the company's efforts to eradicate its own use of the name. A recent change to the "Naming your app" instructions appears despite prominent use by Microsoft of the term elsewhere.

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Windows 8 may have under five ARM tablets in October intro

03/19, 7:05pm

Windows 8 launch may keep ARM a minority

After having touted ARM support, Microsoft is expected to leave it a minority for the fall Windows 8 launch, insiders purportedly disclosed on Monday. There would be "fewer than five" ARM devices, three of which would be tablets, in the understanding of Bloomberg's sources. Over 40 companies were hoping to have Intel-based systems, they said.

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Microsoft opens Windows Store for Windows 8 with free apps

02/29, 12:20pm

Windows Store available through consumer preview

Microsoft has announced that the Windows Store for Windows 8 is now open. The only way to access it is through the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, which is available for download (free, Microsoft). The Windows Store is presented in the Metro style. Both Microsoft and third-party apps are available. Featured apps, such as USA Today and Cut the Rope, are located in highly visible locations. All apps on Windows Store will be available for free for the duration of the Consumer Preview.

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Microsoft outlines Windows 8 app submission process

02/14, 8:55pm

System tries to making pushing apps out easier

Microsoft has defined a detailed process to help developers submit their apps that they've created for Windows 8. With it, the software company hopes to simplify and streamline the steps developers must follow to make their programs available to users through Microsoft's Windows Store. Ultimately, the objective is to make sure that the apps work, are properly rated for a targeted audience, and the content fits in with Microsoft's corporate image.

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Windows 8 on ARM to keep desktop, get Office 15

02/09, 2:15pm

Microsoft outlines Windows 8 ARM support

Microsoft's Windows lead Steven Sinofsky in an elaborate breakdown Thursday ended rumors and confirmed that Windows 8 on ARM would support a conventional desktop. Users could still have access to the file system, desktop Internet Explorer 10, and "most" other core features as their x86-running counterparts. Office 15 would carry over, too, and would have touch and power optimizations despite running in the conventional desktop space.

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Early Windows Store games include Xbox, mobile rehashes

02/07, 10:05am

Windows 8 preview to have handful of ported games

The Windows 8 public preview when it ships will have a handful of available games that mostly come from familiar sources in the Microsoft universe, according to new tips on Tuesday. Some of the games seen by The Verge will be direct ports of Xbox 360 downloadable titles, such as Ms. Splosion Man and Toy Soldiers. Others would be titles that are better known on mobile even with a big-screen version, such as the seminal Angry Birds and ilomilo.

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Windows 8 music player screenshots leak

12/13, 8:25pm

App will play music & give access to Windows Store

Windows 8 will include an integrated music player. Screenshots leaked by Winunleaked have provided a preview of the UI. The player isn't as advanced as a dedicated app like Windows Media Player but could be pervasive in the OS, sitting docked next to other Metro apps.

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Microsoft can remotely disable Windows 8 store apps

12/08, 6:25pm

Kill switch designed to protect against threats

Microsoft is reportedly planning to equip its Windows Store marketplace with a security feature that will enable the company to remotely disable Windows 8 applications. The remote management capabilities were quietly revealed this week through documentation detailing the Windows Store terms of use, which includes a clause notifying users that some content may be disabled if it poses a security risk.

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Microsoft: Windows 8 app store is anti-Apple, due February

12/06, 8:35pm

Windows 8 store to let devs skip Microsoft systems

Microsoft in a presentation providing further details on the Windows Store in Windows 8 positioned it as the antithesis of Apple's own App Store. Web Services VP Antoine Leblond made clear that while the Windows Store would have in-app purchase and subscription systems, these would be strictly optional. Apps like an instance of The Daily Telegraph could use their own back-end systems, something which Leblond was keen to note could show on a Windows 8 tablet but not an Apple device.

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Microsoft limits Windows 8 Metro apps to its own store

09/19, 12:20pm

Windows 8 app store limits raise antitrust issues

Details just now coming from a developer session at Microsoft's Build conference last week have raised major concerns about the legality of the Windows Store. While it was already known the company would likely take a 30 percent cut for paid apps using Windows 8's Metro interface, Windows Store director Ted Dworkin is now known to have also told the audience that developers will be banned from offering Metro-optimized apps outside of the store. Apps written using classic Windows programming, including ones optimized for touch, wouldn't be subject to the same rules.

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