Microsoft cures 'hiccup' that stopped Windows Phone apps installing

Summary:Developers can now resume publishing their apps to the Windows Phone Marketplace, after Microsoft fixes a problem with digital certificates.

Microsoft has resumed publishing apps on Windows Phone Marketplace, after fixing a glitch with digital certificates that stopped some apps from installing on phones.

The company called a halt to publishing on Tuesday after discovering the problem, which it blamed on a changeover in the back-end infrastructure for the app store. On Thursday, Marketplace chief Todd Brix said the issue — which he described as a "hiccup" — had now been resolved.

"We fixed the digital certificate problem and last evening resumed publishing new apps and updates," Brix wrote on the Windows Phone Developer Blog. "It will take a day or two for the repair to fully deploy and newly-published apps to begin appearing in Marketplace again."

"If your app was in the process of being published, you don't need to take any action. We have applied the fix and the app will continue through the certification and publishing workflow as normal," he told developers.

Microsoft estimated the issue affected a "small percentage of the 100,000-plus apps" on the store.

The issue stopped handsets from installing apps or updates published in the last week, according to Microsoft. It affected phones that had been upgraded to Windows Phone 7.5 from an earlier OS, but apparently not those with the later OS pre-installed.

Earlier in August, Microsoft cut the ribbon on the Windows Phone Dev Center , where developers can build, publish and manage apps for Windows Phone 7.5 as well as for the upcoming Windows Phone 8. The company is gearing up for the release of the updated mobile OS, and is looking to build developer backing as it tries to make headway against Android, iOS and even BlackBerry OS.


Topics: Microsoft, Apps, Mobile OS, Mobility


Karen Friar is news editor for ZDNet in the UK, based in London. She has been in journalism since the last century, starting out in film journalism in San Francisco, before making the switch to tech coverage at Next came a move to CNET, where she looked after west coast coverage of business technology, specialising in... Full Bio

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