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Developers have 180 days to address security issues in their Windows 8 or Windows Phone app

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Microsoft is urging app developers to pay attention to security issues in their apps. Starting today, app developers will be required to submit an updated app within 180 days of being notified by Microsoft about a security issue.

“As with second Tuesday, we’re doing this to help protect customers and to ensure the apps available in our stores are as secure as possible. Starting today, developers will be required to submit an updated app within 180 days of being notified of a Critical or Important severity security issue,” Microsoft stated in an official blog post.

Microsoft assumes that the infected app is not currently being exploited on the internet. Microsoft will “work with the developer” to release an update as quickly as possible and may even remove the app from the Windows Store or Windows Phone Store until the app is fixed.

“We also realize there may be rare cases where a developer needs more than 180 days. Should that occur – it hasn’t so far – we’ll work with the developer to get an updated app replacement as soon as possible,” Microsoft explains. This new policy affects any apps created and published to the Windows Store, Windows Phone Store, Office Store, and Azure Marketplace.

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