That is all.
Microsoft has temporarily halted the publication of new apps for Windows Phones following a problem with its digital security certificates. The company said a number of titles available from Marketplace - Redmond's software bazaar for its mobile phone operating system - will not install on handsets upgraded to Windows Phone 7. …
The Windows Phone Marketplace is the millstone around the neck of Windows Phone.
How the hell they expect it to flog games and content to kids, when the only method of paying for anything is to get some adult to add their credit card to the account (yeah, right, very funny), is beyond me.
This is bloody stupid. WinPho has all the ease of use and features that should appeal to kids, but they've managed to build it in such a way as it's impossible to get content for if you lack a credit card, rendering it utterly useless to anyone under 18.
Ever hear of iTunes gift cards? That's how kids and people too young "or too broke" to have credit cards buy from iTunes. They are available pretty much anywhere, including the checkout line at the grocers
.But don't worry Microsoft will copy that too as soon as they figure it out.
Not a poke specifically at MS (for once) since both Apple and Google have borked their own app stores at one point or another: just how does one do this? You'd think (wouldn't you?) there would be /some/ testing involved when planning changes/upgrades/configuration of major client-facing services? Wouldn't you? Even of the most basic kind like, "If we change this setting, will one entire class of users no longer be able to use the service?"
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