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Microsoft Updates App Requirements – Cleaning Up?

May 7, 2011 No Comments

Looks like Microsoft was serious about having a marketplace full of quality apps. They have just updated a few requirements for developing apps on the Windows Phone platform.

2.7 : your application includes or displays advertising, the advertising must comply with the Microsoft Advertising Creative Acceptance Policy Guide and the application must have distinct, substantial and legitimate content and purpose other than the display of advertising.

2.10.7 : The privacy policy of your application must inform users about how location data from the Location Service API is used and disclosed and the controls that users have over the use and sharing of location data.

2.14: Your application must have distinct, substantial and legitimate content and purpose other than merely launching a webpage.

4.6 : For each application, you must provide at least one or up to a maximum of eight screenshots. Users see these screenshots in the details page of the catalog before they make a purchase.
Screenshots must only contain application graphics, and must not include any emulator chrome. Graphically-enhanced screenshots are not allowed.

4.7.1 : The large and small mobile app tile images must be representative of the application.

5.1.3 : If an application performs an operation that causes the device to appear to be unresponsive for more than three seconds, such as downloading data over a network connection, the application must display a visual progress or busy indicator.

6.5.4: The SoundEffect class must not be used to play a continuous background music track in an application.

For the full list of changes and additions you can visit MSDN


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