With Windows 8 we gained a lovely new store. Inside this store we were promised many apps. More than an OS had ever launched with before!
Some of those apps are wonderful, beautiful, and truly useful or fun.
Others, are complete and utter garbage!
Here we call out all the trash in the hopes that someone at Microsoft is listening and can remove them.
For each app I will give a review explaining what’s so rubbish about it, and then a list of reasons why it should have failed the certification process.
If you’ve found apps you’d like to name and shame on our blog, get in contact! We’ll happily add reviews from others, just follow our format and we’ll post them up.
Generally we’re finding apps failing on the following:
Snapped mode not working:
3.6 Your app must use the mechanisms provided by the system for those features that have them
Your app must support a snapped layout. In landscape orientation, your app’s functions must be fully accessible when the app’s display size is 1024 x 768. Your app must remain functional when the customer snaps and unsnaps the app.
No store logo:
6.9 Your Windows Store app’s packages must have a correct app manifest
In each of your app’s packages, the app manifest elements must contain the correct values as described in the Package metadata requirements.
Plus, arguably, many fail on this one:
1.1 Your app must offer customers unique, creative value or utility in all the languages and markets that it supports