Windows Phone app certification times down to as low as one hour

Microsoft would certainly love to see more apps become available for Windows Phone owners. In December the company confirmed it now has over 200,000 apps in the Windows Phone Store. This week, the company let it be known that it is taking steps to reduce the amount of time for an app to go through the certification process.

In a new blog entry posted late on Friday, Microsoft said it has been working to streamline the app certification process for the past several months and has been rolling out this new method to the Windows Phone Store in the last few weeks. It stated, "While still in the early in the roll out, we've seen turn-around time of less than one day and in some cases just one hour."

Developers will also get an email in their Dev Center Dashboard from now on informing them that the testing of their Windows Phone app has been completed, rather than a PDF attachment. A new format for viewing approvals will include each app's icon so that developers with multiple apps will be better able to keep track of them. The blog adds that it will still take several more weeks for the roll out of the new process to be completed.

In a separate blog post earlier last week, Microsoft also announced it has added a filter to the Windows Phone Dev Center that lets users select a specific language and view downloads for their app for that language only. There's also additional spreadsheet data available for app developers to view such as language, age group, gender, app version, phone manufacturer, and wireless provider.

Source: Microsoft

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It used to take 3 days. Then it got bogged down, and started taking a full week. I submitted an update to an app a day before they posted this blog post about updated times and was shocked it only took them a day to certify the update.

They need a portal where people can requests apps which are missing. Then have MS either make them or work with the end company to help them make them. A company could make a business out of that.

Hmm new business idea, who wants in on this new business.

IsItPluggedIn said,
They need a portal where people can requests apps which are missing. Then have MS either make them or work with the end company to help them make them. A company could make a business out of that.

Hmm new business idea, who wants in on this new business.

Agreed - maybe if we're lucky the said company might actually come back with a legitimate reason which might end up creating a bounty fund to pay for the porting of applications to the Windows Phone platform. With that being said it is important not to get wrapped up on raw numbers given that all the app stores are pretty much infested with so much crap from developers believing they can make a quick buck and become a millionaire overnight.

Rudy Huyn (of 6tag, 6sec & 6snap fame) recently started his own company 6studio. They're currently in the process of making an official Tinder app for Windows Phone.

IsItPluggedIn said,
They need a portal where people can requests apps which are missing. Then have MS either make them or work with the end company to help them make them. A company could make a business out of that.

Hmm new business idea, who wants in on this new business.

You mean like they did the youtube app with google?

So this afternoon, the app has been saying it's going to rain basically every hour for the past 5 hours, and then into the night.
Except it's a cloudless sky here and has been all afternoon.

Good start /s

ZipZapRap said,
So this afternoon, the app has been saying it's going to rain basically every hour for the past 5 hours, and then into the night.
Except it's a cloudless sky here and has been all afternoon.

Good start /s

You sure it's not pulling data for a city somewhere else with the same name?

ZipZapRap said,
100% sure.

Tried a manual search, and GPS location search. Both times, the data was completely useless.

Well that stinks. I hear it's a pretty good weather app. I wonder if the author knows about your problem.