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Microsoft has a kill-switch in Windows 8 app store

To mitigate Windows 8 security woes
Fri Dec 09 2011, 15:28

SOFTWARE REDEVELOPER Microsoft has revealed that it will be able to kill apps bought from the Windows 8 app store.

Microsoft's Windows 8 app store will showcase applications that make use of its Windows 8 Metro user interface. As Microsoft readies the production Windows 8 app store, it has updated its Windows Store terms of use to state that applications could be shut down remotely.

Microsoft said, "We may change or discontinue certain apps or content offered in the Windows Store at any time, for any reason. Sometimes, we do so to respond to legal or contractual requirements." The Redmond firm also cited possible security risks as a reason why it might pull the plug on a purchased app.

Microsoft isn't the first company to install a kill-switch on apps bought through an app store. Both Apple and Google have similar mechanisms to kill apps when they have been identified as being malware or pose serious security threats.

Earlier in the week Microsoft said it will take an initial 30 per cent cut of revenues from developers for applications sold through its Windows 8 app store, with the firm claiming Windows' massive install base as a possible money spinner. However the popularity with developers of the Windows 8 app store will have a lot to do with whether applications sold through it are secure.

Although Microsoft's kill-switch won't make apps secure, it can certainly help the firm mitigate any potential damage and embarrassment. µ


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