8/15/2012 12:27:04 PM
Microsoft hit by Marketplace bug
Microsoft has stopped publishing new apps in its Windows Phone Marketplace as it tries to repair a bug that prevents consumers from downloading or updating apps.
The software company said the issue only affects phones that have upgraded to Windows Phone 7.5 from an earlier operating system. Apps including New York Times, WhatsApp and Translator from Bing have been affected, but Microsoft said only a 'small percentage' of the 100,000 apps available through its Marketplace have been hit by the problems.
Writing on the Windows Phone blog, Mazhar Mohammed, director of program management at Microsoft, said: 'We know what’s causing the issue and are already planning to roll out a fix. Until that’s finished, we’re going to temporarily stop publishing new apps in Marketplace.
'If you get an error message while installing or updating an app, the best thing to do is wait for us to correct the problem, which we’re working to do as quickly as possible.'
Editor: Graeme Neill