Report: Windows Store Offers Few Protections for Developers

Monday Dec 17th 2012 by Developer.com Staff
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A blogger demonstrates how to get in-app purchases for free, remove ads from apps and turn trial versions into full versions.

If you're considering developing apps for the Windows Store, you may want to reconsider after hearing how poorly the platform protects developers' revenue streams. Blogger Justin Angel, who works for Nokia, has demonstrated easy ways for end users to circumvent the built-in protections for Windows 8 and Windows RT. Angel showed how, with very little effort or technical expertise, a user could get in-app purchases for free, eliminate ads from Windows 8 apps or upgrade trial versions to full versions without paying a fee.

ZDNet's Matt Baxter-Reynolds writes, "As a developer, you have to ask yourself some serious questions about this state of affairs. What's emerged here thanks to Justin's work is that protection of developer revenues has not been considered by Microsoft in the platform as it stands today. It's a shame, as there are many things that Microsoft could have done to alleviate this."

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