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"The Windows Store is a Cesspool of Scams

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francescob    560

"Microsoft?s Windows Store is a mess. It?s full of apps that exist only to scam people and take their money. Why doesn?t Microsoft care that their flagship app store is such a cesspool?

It?s now been more than two years since Windows 8 was released, and this has been a problem the entire time, and it is getting worse. If Microsoft was trying to offer a safe app store to Windows users, they?ve failed.
The Store is Full of Scams, And They?re Easy to Find

This problem isn?t a secret. Search the Windows Store for any popular app and you?ll see all kinds of junk. For example, here?s what happens when we search for VLC in the Windows Store:"

 

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Max Norris    2,072

Personally this is why I typically don't use Modern apps aside from stuff I put together myself and a couple of well knowns, no random browsing... I know where the "regular" software is coming from. Still need to use common sense on other stores too but, sheesh, that's pretty bad. I like the concept, but the execution needs a lot of work yet.

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Mouettus    74

Never bothered with the winodws store for this exact reason. way worse than when WP came out. but then I only use a handful of x86 applications.

 

I'd be really ###### of if I was a Window RT user, which I almost became if there was a free app that could read mkv's and decode DTS audio files.

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Wyn6    358

I've got a ton of Store apps and haven't been scammed once. Phew! ;)

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macoman    1,076

This happens in Android store as well... You just need to know from trusted reviews and source.

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Torolol    926

i stick to 'traditional way' of buying software, directly from their developer and not some 3rd party store like windows store.

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vcfan    2,337

blame the organizations that wanted to make it a numbers game.

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Lord Method Man    1,613

The 8.1 upgrade is the only legitimate software available in the Windows store.

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+J. X. Maxwell    2,142

Yes. This is one of the major problems with Windows 8.

Microsoft does NOT, in any form, enforce ANY standards for "applications" in its store. I am pretty sure the only way to take down a scam application to sue them.

Almost nothing remotely of quality of an "Application".

The store mostly consists of,

1. Scams

2. *Real Application Name Here* Guide

3. Trashware / Made in a week ****

4. Pay to Win "Free" Games

Seriously, Open your Steam Library and Open the Windows Store games page.

Notice that one has games.

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vcfan    2,337

The 8.1 upgrade is the only legitimate software available in the Windows store.

it sucks that my illegitimate software currently pulls in a good $5k a month in the windows+phone stores.

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Ian W    2,331

The 8.1 upgrade is the only legitimate software available in the Windows store.

If true, then Microsoft's own software in the Windows Store isn't legitimate.

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rfirth    729

it sucks that my illegitimate software currently pulls in a good $5k a month in the windows+phone stores.

 

What software is that?

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Ned    68

I personally remember trying to find vlc for windows 8 when it first came out (and I just now got done reading your first post)......

 

So .... yeah, I agree.

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vcfan    2,337

What software is that?

so the trolling could spread to my reviews and hurt my illegitimate sales?

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rfirth    729

so the trolling could spread to my reviews and hurt my illegitimate sales?

 

Well, you could just PM me. I'm legitimately curious. I wish Neowin had a directory to highlight apps developed by Neowin members.

 

Pretty easy for you to find mine since two are in my signature. 17 for Windows Phone and 12 for Windows 8.

 

Plenty of legitimate apps in the Windows Store. But as with anything, read the reviews first.

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adrynalyne    8,157

so the trolling could spread to my reviews and hurt my illegitimate sales?

Are you ashamed or something?

 

It just seems weird that someone who has a successful app for sale would not want to share it with others so they know about it.

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dead.cell    2,125

blame the organizations that wanted to make it a numbers game.

Organizations like Microsoft? Because you'd have to be legally insane to think Microsoft doesn't care about the numbers.

 

Microsoft is looking to make a buck, just like you are. There's nothing wrong with this. However, we can't sit and pretend problems don't exist with the Windows store, or go around trying to play the blame game while the issues are overlooked and swept under the rug.

 

I'm a firm believer that if you're a fan of a company, you will give them the constructive criticism they need in order to help them assess where the problems exist, why they are losing out on potential customers, and help alleviate these concerns so that people can have confidence in the store.

 

I personally want to be able to have confidence in the Windows Store, so that when I have my grandmother downloading apps for her Surface, I don't have to worry if she actually got the correct application/game.

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jakem1    1,610

Are you ashamed or something?

 

It just seems weird that someone who has a successful app for sale would not want to share it with others so they know about it.

 

I can understand why he wouldn't want to share it here.

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adrynalyne    8,157

I can understand why he wouldn't want to share it here.

Marketing is marketing.  If you don't market to your fullest extent, you lose out.  Some ###### giving bad reviews just for the sake of it will always exist.  So unless its a shame thing, I don't understand it.  You have to have thick skin in this business.

 

The people who are cynics were never going to buy it anyway.  

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