Windows 8.1 apps can now be submitted to the Windows Store

The launch of the GA build of Windows 8.1 to consumer also means that app developers who have been working with the older RTM and preview builds now have the final pieces to make apps that are 100 percent compliant with Microsoft's latest OS update.

In a post on the App Developer blog. Microsoft states that developers who have made apps for the preview versions of Windows 8.1 will have those same apps rejected for publishing from the Windows Store until they are updated for the release version of the OS. Apps that are already in the store can be updated to take advantage of the new features in Windows 8.1, including two more Live tile size options, better multitasking features and overall performance improvements.

App packages can now be up to 8GB in size for the Windows Store in Windows 8.1, and the store itself has a new layout, as seen above, that is supposed to help used find the app they are looking for faster and more efficiently. The Bing search engine will offer users recommendations for new apps to try out and they can finally auto update themselves by default for the first time.

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> App packages can now be up to 8GB in size for the Windows Store in Windows 8.1

I realize this is from the "640K ought to be enough for anyone" school of thought, but what kind of app takes up 8GB?

I mean, yeah, you could have for example mapping data and such that can chew terabytes, but that's just raw data. I'd be curious to know exactly how big the current largest app in the Windows store actually is...

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Ok...games, maybe...

What I don't understand is why app developers are only now being allowed to have apps certified for Windows 8.1 when it has been available to developers for months. Developers should have been allowed to have their apps certified in advance for the public release of Windows 8.1.

theyarecomingforyou said,
What I don't understand is why app developers are only now being allowed to have apps certified for Windows 8.1 when it has been available to developers for months. Developers should have been allowed to have their apps certified in advance for the public release of Windows 8.1.

That's what I was thinking. That way they can release the hot new apps over the next few days.

From what I remember reading, not all of the APIs were useable until a few days ago because some APIs rely on services that Microsoft were updating.

Can't wait to see what Spotify haven't bothered to do. "Here, have another tenner, Onkyo is definitely where the action's at..."

My hat is here, ready to eat