SOFTWARE HOUSE Microsoft has suspended publishing additional apps on its Windows Phone Marketplace as it fixes problems with the digital certificates used to sign apps.
Microsoft's Windows Phone might be used by only relatively few people but the company has spent a great deal of money on stocking the virtual shelves of its Marketplace app store. However yesterday the firm suspended approvals of new apps as it scrambled to fix a problem with the digital certificates used to sign all apps.
According to Microsoft, the problem not only affects new app submissions but some existing apps available to Windows Phone 7.5 users, resulting in users' inability to install them. The firm wouldn't give an exact figure on how many apps were affected and would only say "a small percentage of the 100,000-plus" apps were affected.
Microsoft wasn't even able to offer useful advice to the few Windows Phone 7.5 users affected, saying, "If you get an error message while installing or updating an app, the best thing to do is wait for us to correct the problem." The only problem with this is that Microsoft didn't say when it expects to fix whatever has gone wrong.
In an attempt to inform users Microsoft posted a message on its Windows Phone forum, but to highlight how few Windows Phone users there are, no one replied and at the time of publication only 41 people had wondered why applications were not downloading.
Microsoft, like other firms, signs apps in order to enable users to verify their integrity, and while problems with digital certificates could be caused by events outside of Microsoft's control, the fact that it has halted app submissions will not endear the firm to developers. µ