Microsoft is Cleaning up Windows Store, Removes 1,500 Copycat and Fraudulent Apps

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donut

I guess this is good news. Not to 1,500 people tho.

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methuselah

...and all 12 people using the Windows app store rejoiced!

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Shalbatana

This is a GREAT thing, and YES, Google needs to do it too for multiple reasons.

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Renegade Knight

Agreed. As long as they don't get rid of good apps while they do it.

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maxeeemum

Windows Store??? LOL!

I've read rumors of mandatory use of Windows Store for Windows 9!

Microsoft you better rethink that strategy!

It's a "I'm sticking with Win7, Vista or XP" strategy!

Sorta like your Xbox One strategy that failed big time!!!

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HiGHRoLLeR038

lolz they had more than 1500 to begin with?

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BadCommand

Now if Google would just do the same- the amount of malware and garbage apps in the play store is absurd. Just put some webroot on my kids note 2 and the thing lit up like a christmas tree with all the crap installed.

As a enthusiast of both google and apple platforms- there's a lot to be said for the walled garden when it comes to clean apps.

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burntham77

Back when I used an Android tablet, that was one thing that bugged the heck out of me. Sure, the app store was big, but sifting through the crap apps was an ordeal at times.

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fung0

> Now if Google would just do the same

Why?? Do a little research, read a forum, or just check the user reviews right there on the store page. And above all, PAY ATTENTION to what your kid is doing online. Don't expect Google or Microsoft to do it for you. Teach the kid to be safe, instead of training him to be the helpless patsy of self-interested corporations.

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Renegade Knight

Because it's the right thing to do before you even get to kids. Case in point. Google Keep. I find it handy. There are fake Google Keep apps on the Metro Store. Then consider Keepass. There doesn't seem to be an actual mobile fork of the main project. So you get programmers doing their own thing. That's perfectly legit, but also it opens things up to malware in the guise of useful.

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Shalbatana

if you were in a toy store and you saw two nearly identical products, and one was filled with lead paint and was a cheaply made knockoff of the original, wouldn't you expect the store to take SOME of the responsibility and remove the product from its shelves?

If you go to the food market and one package of meat contains E-coli and another doesn't, wouldn't you expect the store to remove it from it's inventory?

Consumer awareness is ONE measure of security and I agree it's an important one, but wouldn't you be happier if people (and companies) took pride and care in what they produce, or assist in distributing? I know I would.