Application Certificate Requirements Updated

When the platform was in it's early stage of deployment (opens in new tab) the beauty of the Marketplace on the Windows Phone system is that it seems to have superb quality control when accepting apps and games into the catalog. Forcing developers to test their apps and make sure that enough development has gone into not only the backend cog-work, but the aesthetically pleasing UI implementation too.

While we still haven't become anywhere near as fragmented as Android and iOS (LITE/LIVE apps anyone?), the Marketplace is beginning to show signs of growth with the inclusion of apps that just aren't up to the high standards of others. If anything, 4th & Mayor is a fantastic app that could be used as quality control, which developers would need to target. Check the Application Certificate Requirement changes after the break

With a few tweets being published stating that the Marketplace needs to be "cleaned up" and feature stronger barriers in place to keep it above the competitors, not to mention a Japenese only app making its way in, Microsoft has published a blog post that addresses a few things:

  • First, we’ve updated and clarified our content policies and technical requirements to address some of the common questions and points of confusion that we have heard from several developers. These requirement changes will go into effect on June 3 for new applications and application updates.
  • Second, we have added several test steps to the technical certification requirements to help developers conduct in-house application testing during the development cycle, in order to avoid common certification pitfalls and to improve pass rates and certification times.
  • Finally, the application certification requirements for Windows Phone have now been integrated into our MSDN developer documentation. You can find the updated certification requirements here.

Some of the recent changes to the Application Certificate Requirements are:

  • 2.6 : If your application includes a trial version, the trial version must reasonably represent the functionality and quality of the full application.
  • 2.14 : Your application must have distinct, substantial and legitimate content and purpose other than merely launching a webpage.
  • 4.6 : Screenshots must only contain application graphics, and must not include any emulator chrome. Graphically-enhanced screenshots are not allowed.
  • 4.7.1 : The large and small mobile app tile images must be representative of the application.

We believe this to be a good step in the correct direction, and it's pleasing to see Microsoft take measures sooner rather than later. What do you think about the alterations?

Source: Microsoft (opens in new tab), via: 1800PocketPC and arktronic

Rich Edmonds
Senior Editor, PC Build

Rich Edmonds is Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him over on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.

6 Comments
  • The quality of apps will get a big boost with the new APIs Mango will bring. All the added functionality and the solid updated tools will help devs bring in some very good stuff. These next fue months are just the calm before the storm that is Mango.
  • I am sure achieving both milestones would be preferred, but if given a choice, quality over quantity every time.
  • Do you guys get paid for hyping 4th and the mayor?
  • My coworkers here at WPCentral do seem to have quite a thing for 4th and Mayor for some reason.
  • then they should start pull off their **** YouTube app from the marketplace!
  • I came to say exactly this. All it does is launch a webpage, which is now against their own rules. Glad I got an HTC.