If you’re a Windows Phone user and you’ve been having trouble downloading or updating apps over the past few days, fear not; you’re not alone.
Microsoft has confirmed that there’s a wee problem with the Windows Phone Shop (nee Marketplace), but it should be resolved, er, at some point. Presumably soon. Maybe.
A post on the Windows Phone Blog explains that there’s a problem with digital certificates for Windows Phone Shop apps published or updated “during the last couple of days”.
Interestingly, Microsoft reckons the problem only affects people who upgraded to Windows Phone 7.5. If you’re handset shipped with Mango, you should be fine.
Only a small percentage of the 100,000+ Windows Phone Shop apps are affected. Some of the bigger names include New York Times, WhatsApp, and Translator from Bing.
Uninstalling apps isn’t advised, as you won’t be able to reinstall them till the problem’s resolved, and you’ll lose any related save data.
Microsoft says it knows what’s wrong and is working on a fix, however there’s no ETA. In the meantime, no new apps will be published on the Windows Phone Shop.
Are you a Windows Phone user? How does the Windows Phone Shop download problem make you feel? Sad? Happy? Dizzy? Nervous? Let us know.