The number of apps on the Windows Store is growing by the day, with the apps repository reaching an important milestone of hundred thousand unique Metro applications.
But a number of apps have started to pop up on the Windows Store that try to fly by under the guise of famous tools, with the ulterior motive of trying to steal user money — all such apps come with a pretty hefty price tag.
Most of them are either simple guides or video tutorials for popular games like Angry Birds, Plants vs. Zombies, or Where’s My Mickey? that often retail for almost two or three times the original game. The sole intention of these applications is to grab cash from unsuspecting buyers.
But luckily, Microsoft is completely aware of the issue.
In a statement sent to TNW, the software titan explained that it is keeping an eye on the situation, and all these apps will soon be removed from the Windows Store as soon as possible:
“We strive to make the Windows Store an excellent experience for Windows 8 users. We routinely review apps based on performance, ratings and user reviews and take steps to remove apps if they do not meet our certification guidelines.
We are aware of the issue and are actively removing apps that offer little value or confuse customers, and will continue evaluating our submission process to make sure Windows offers the highest quality app catalog available.”
This may raise the question how these apps got published in the first place, and at this point in time there are more than 100 such fake apps on the Windows Store by the same developer. Either way, Microsoft employees will have quite a lot to take care of in the coming days.
Regardless, it is refreshing to see Microsoft trying to offer users an excellent experience on its latest platform — and for this to happen, high quality applications are an absolute necessity.