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  • Section 10.8 of the Microsoft Store Policies state that apps which includes in-app purchase, subscriptions, virtual currency, billing functionality or captures financial information are required to follow the requirements in terms 10.8.1 through 10.8.6.

    We have a number of desktop applications in the Windows Store which are available through the desktop bridge.  The applications do not include anything referenced in the preamble to section 10.8 and thus 10.8.1 through 10.8.6 would not apply to the application.

    Yet intermittently, the submissions fail certification because the store listing contains a link to the application homepage which offers users the option to download the traditional msi installer on versions of Windows which are not supported in the Microsoft Store (the pages also include the link to get the application in the Microsoft Store) whilst previous submissions have passed with the same link present.

    The certification reports suggest that the submission is in breach of term 10.8.5.

    Spotify and Paint.NET, recently made available in the store, also contains a link to its homepage in the store listing where a traditional installer is also offered for download.  There are several other examples where this is happening.

    Why is it that term 10.8.5 is

    a) is being applied to some submissions but not others

    b) being applied to apps which do not offer in-app purchase, subscriptions, virtual currency, billing functionality or captures financial information and thus do not appear to fall under the scope of section 10.8?
    Thursday, February 1, 2018 8:16 PM

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  • Hi jywcli,

    Sorry for the delay response.

    If you are sure that your app doesn't violate Microsoft Store Policies, you could try resubmitting your package.

    Clarifying that your applications do not include anything referenced in the preamble to section 10.8 in Notes for certification may help.

    Best Regards,

    Annie


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    • Proposed as answer by Mattew Wu Wednesday, February 28, 2018 10:05 AM
    Monday, February 5, 2018 11:34 AM