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According to Nikolaus Gebhardt, developer of the open-source 3D engine Irrlicht, the Windows 10 Store’s search function is broken, almost to the point of being useless. Gebhardt’s recent blog post describes how sales of his various Windows applications, which were already low, have gone to nearly zero under Windows 10. He writes:

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You cannot find my apps anywhere in the app store. Unless you know the exact name of my app, you won’t find it. You can type any of the keywords my apps have in their title, description or even in the list of keywords submitted to the store, and it won’t list my apps. Instead, the app store will simply list 2 or 3 other, useless apps. In total. Judging from the developer forums, there are many other developers with this problem. When contacting Microsoft about this, they apparently sent the other developers a prewritten text, saying basically that “they have no control over the search results shown in the store.”


The response to Gebhardt’s post proves he’s not alone. Numerous devs have reported that their applications can only be found if you search for the precise name of the app.

Source.
Edited by tpi2007 - 1/24/16 at 1:23am
 
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Sounds like microsoft will be charging for the front page of the store here soon. redface.gif
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one communist company to rule them all tongue.gif

we dont need free market, why free when we can make money on it amiright
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windows has an app for store..? who uses this stuff.
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Not like the search engine in 8.1 (or WP8.1) was great to begin with.

   
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windows has an app for store..? who uses this stuff.

Win 10 covers phone tablet and pc.. they also are trying to have pc apps instead of programs.. so.. a lot of people actually.. just not as many as droid or ios
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windows has an app for store..? who uses this stuff.

Win 10 covers phone tablet and pc.. they also are trying to have pc apps instead of programs.. so.. a lot of people actually.. just not as many as droid or ios


I think he was being sarcastic and thus knows it exists.

As to a "lot of people", that depends on the platform. One of the two major form factors that drive "app" sales, and historically the oldest, is smartphones and in that regard the Windows Phone marketshare back in November had decreased compared to the same quarter in 2014 from 3% to 1.7%:

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According to Gartner, Microsoft’s market share among mobile phones has dropped considerably. The information technology company compiled a list of all of the units sold during the third quarter of 2015, comparing them to the third quarter of last year. Unfortunately, Windows phones did poorly, its market share dropping from an already disappointing 3% to a significantly worse 1.7%.

http://www.winbeta.org/news/windows-phone-market-share-drops-1-7-percent
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This comes as a surprise especially considering how they had to use google search as base engine for their bing?
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"When contacting Microsoft about this, they apparently sent the other developers a prewritten text, saying basically that “they have no control over the search results shown in the store.”"

What ? AHahahah MS shouldn't try being sarcastic. Search has its own mind according to MS, it became self aware biggrin.gif
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Considering I will never make a purchase from them, no problem here.
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