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15 August 2012, 14:22

Microsoft halts Marketplace app publishing

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Windows Phone logo Microsoft has announced that it has temporarily stopped apps being published to its Marketplace, at least for this week. A problem has appeared with the digital certificates it uses to sign applications – this prevents some applications from being downloaded and installed on Windows Phone devices that have been upgraded from an earlier version of the OS to Windows Phone 7.5.

The problem affects apps such as the New York Times, WhatsApp, and Translator for Bing, which all recently released updates. Microsoft says it knows what the problem is and is planning to roll out a fix, but has halted publishing until the fix is in place.

According to a blog post, the problem appears to be related to a new Windows Phone Dev Center deployment. Apps published since 3 August will most likely be affected. A thread in Dev Center has been created for developers to ask questions.

Users of updated Windows Phones may encounter errors when installing apps from Marketplace; Microsoft's advice is to wait for it to fix the problem and not to uninstall any apps. Microsoft has set up a forum for affected users to ask questions.


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