Microsoft cures 'hiccup' that stopped Windows Phone apps installing

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

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  • I fixed the problem before it even started!

    Ditched the entire Windows Xperience entirely!
    • But you still have your other major problem

      your irrelevency on these boards.
      William Farrel
    • How old are you?

      Because your input is something I would expect from someone, say, aged between 13-15.

      Shouldn't you be playing on your xBox? Oh, of course, you're a PS3 boy aren't you.

      Well, anyway, don't want to keep you up too late. You've got school in the morning.
    • You certainly fixed A problem

      The Windows community no longer needs to worry about YOU.

      • CaviarBlack, is that really you?

        Your comments on this article… they're unusually in favor of Microsoft. I'm just wondering, is this like a joke or something?
        • No, not a joke at all

          My sock puppet has gone schizo.

          • Edit:

            But, yes, it's me. I'm showing me true colors.
            I'm actually Microsoft all the way.

            Apple however, does send me on "special missions"
          • Edit:

            But, yes, it's me. I'm showing me true colors.
            I'm actually Linux all the way.

            Apple however, does send me on "special missions"
  • I fixed the problem before it even started!

    Ditched the Windows Xperience entirely!
    • Don't give up your day job

      You're not witty.
      Michael Alan Goff
    • It wasn't funny the first time you posted it.

      Best leave with what's left of your dignity.
      • I thought he was funny as shit

        What's wrong with you, dipshit?
        • Edit:

          Oh, I see who you meant now. Thought you were talking about Bozzer.
          • Edit:

            No, I was talking about you, shithead.
          • I'm talking to myself again.

            I like to read my own posts
          • You should

            You two are made for one another
            Cylon Centurion
  • An article that only applies to the

    250k Worldwide Windows phone users.. Ok
    Anthony E
    • If I remember right

      Nokia sold over 4 million units in the second quarter alone, so this article applies to well over 250k people.
      Sam Wagner
      • Sold as in.

        too carriers, which they would sell the end user.. If end user don't buy carriers are sitting on phone.. which they will try to pawn off as free /w upgrade or activation.. But they never move..
        Anthony E