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article imageMicrosoft removes 1,500 spam apps from the Windows Store

By James Walker     Aug 28, 2014 in Technology
Microsoft's acknowledgement of the presence of illegitimate, spam apps in the Windows Store has come to fruition with the removal of 1,500 apps from the store and subsequent refunding of purchasers.
In recent weeks, the issue has gained more coverage after technology site How-To Geek published an article proclaiming the Windows Store to be a "cesspool of scams," exposing numerous fake apps for VLC Media Player, iTunes and Google Chrome in the process — some of which even charged the money for the "privilege" of being used. The story was picked up on by Lifehacker and then across the Internet as the topic entered into tech conversation.
Microsoft noticed and acknowledged the issue near immediately, also instantly removing all of the scam apps found by How-To Geek and announcing that they were launching a "Store review" process to find and remove other such apps.
As Neowin reports, a post on the Building Apps for Windows blog yesterday shows that new standards are coming into play to maintain store standards. New policies show that apps must be named clearly and accurately to reflect their functionality, categorized correctly and using a differential icon to avoid being mistaken for other products.
All new app submissions and updates will be tested against these guidelines and Microsoft has also started looking back through prior approved apps to find the scams. They have already removed 1,500 apps from the Store published by companies now refusing to adapt to the new policies.
Microsoft has also stated again that the process is still ongoing and that they need to become faster at identifying and removing problem apps but it is great news for all that they have at least begun and today the Windows Store will stand a little tidier. Perhaps the best news of all: if you spent money on an app such as the $8.99 iTunes that "helps user to know how to use and download iTunes" found by How-To Geek, Microsoft will now happily refund you for purchasing anything they have removed from the store as part of this ongoing standards review.
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