Senior Director for the Marketplace, Todd Brix, posted about the state of publishing apps for the upcoming Mango update and what it means for developers and their current apps in the Marketplace. The Mango update will bring many new api’s and features for developers to use with their apps on Windows Phone. Of course, these api’s and hardware features may not be on the current devices, so many devs have been wondering what will happen to their apps and how it will affect users. Here is what was posted on the Windows Phone Developer Blog:
When you publish a Windows Phone ‘Mango’ update to an application you had previously published, the following will occur:
- The WP 7.0 version of your application will remain available to all users on WP 7.0 devices.
- The WP ‘Mango’ version of your application will be available to all users on WP ‘Mango’ devices.
- WP ‘Mango’ users who previously installed your application will receive an update notification. This will occur even if they installed your application prior to updating to WP ‘Mango’
- WP 7.0 users who have installed your application, but not updated to WP ‘Mango,’ will not receive an update notification.
- The WP7.0 rankings & reviews that your application received will attach to your new updated WP ‘Mango’ version too.
- The application metadata and screenshots for Windows Phone Marketplace submitted with the WP ‘Mango’ version of your application will be shared across both the WP 7.0 and WP ‘Mango’ versions of the application; i.e., a single set of metadata and screenshots will appear to both WP 7.0 and WP ‘Mango’ users.
- Once you have released the WP ‘Mango’ version of your application, you will no longer be able to modify the previously released WP 7.0 version of your app. We realize that some of you may worry about this limitation, and so we’re actively working on ways to mitigate it. To improve the experience for users, it’s our preference not to have “duplicate versions” of your apps in the marketplace. We are also going to work hard to encourage our pre-existing users to enjoy the free upgrade to Mango as quickly as possible.