Microsoft stops publishing new mobile apps amidst download issues

The issue is related to the digital certificates that are used to sign apps

Microsoft has decided to stop publishing new apps for Windows Phone on Marketplace, while it addresses an issue that led to users experiencing problems with application downloads this week, the company said in blog post on Tuesday.

The problem is related to an issue with the digital certificates that are used to sign apps. It has prevented users of phones that upgraded to Windows Phone 7.5, from an earlier version of the operating system, from installing or updating some apps during the last couple of days, according to the blog post.

Affected applications include the New York Times app, WhatsApp, and Translator from Bing -- all of which recently issued new updates, according to the blog post. In total, Microsoft estimates that only a small percentage of the more than 100,000 apps in Marketplace are affected.

To address the issue, Microsoft is planning to roll out a fix, and until that has been done it won't allow developers to publish new apps in Marketplace. The company didn't provide any details on when the fix will be ready, only saying that it's working as quickly as possible.

Microsoft's recommendation to users is to just wait. Uninstalling apps is not recommended, since users likely won't be able to download them again until the issue is resolved, according to the blog post.

The news comes as Microsoft has been working to make life easier for developers. Last week, the company launched Windows Phone Dev Center, a new portal for smartphone developers that promises better performance and ease of use along with more markets and support for PayPal.

Send news tips and comments to mikael_ricknas@idg.com

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Mikael Ricknäs

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Cool Tech

SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™

Learn more >

Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44

Learn more >

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?