Windows Store holiday schedule


From December 22nd through January 1st, the Windows Store team will have fewer staff on-hand, as team members spend the holidays with their families. We’ll continue to review and certify your apps during this time—it will just take a little longer.

If you’re hoping to get your app certified and in the Store before the holidays, we recommend you submit your app right away. And if you have non-essential updates that you’d like to make, consider holding off until after January 1st.

On behalf of all of us working on the Windows Store, we hope you have a great holiday season. We look forward to your continued success in the coming year!

Comments (9)

  1. Leon says:

    What are the normal working hours (and days) for the team?

  2. A big mistake says:

    A new platform like Windows Store cant' afford to have vacations. Hire more employees or something!

    Nice holidays!

  3. Marry says:

    Hi, will you please change the style of "Learn More" button on apps listing website!! Open this page on Windows 7  apps.microsoft.com/…/590b97b6-d33f-4f3f-8897-ffae6bce0dc8 The green button has hyperlink "learn more" with no CSS style for :link and :visited. It gives a very bad impression on the viewers.

  4. This is stupid says:

    You had vacation for the last 10 years. This is not the time to slow down. I am sure a lot of devs are trying their best to get apps in before Christmas (you know so all those new Windows 8 users will have stuff to download when they get their new laptops, tablets, etc)

  5. Jeremy says:

    I have to agree with other comments, though will certainly tone down my words ;p. You can NOT run a global application store and take a week 'off'. Sure, you state you'll still be working and certifying apps, but with less capacity. That is simply not cool. I totally understand employees needing a holiday, but the sad fact is that the global economy doesn't allow for such. For instance, I sure can't take a week off.. wish I could.. and my responsibilities pale in comparison to yours. Part of having a successful global application store is making sure you are *always* operating at 100%, ready to certify apps and updates, shut down malware, and generally be 'there'. The success or failure of your store will most likely be a big part of the success or failure of Windows 8, thus you really need to hire some more people, pay your employees OVERTIME / HOLIDAY PAY so they are properly compensated for missing the holidays. I think you'll find that there is always someone willing to work if you pay them enough. Microsoft Corporation certainly has the cash, and now is NOT the time to be cheap.

  6. David says:

    Anyone crying about employees taking time off for the holidays is either an idiot or an ***.  Feel free to assign one of those names to yourself.

  7. John says:

    I am glad to hear that Microsoft respects employees' desire to spend time with their families. Any other approach would be detrimental to Microsoft and hence us in the longer term. Thanks for the advance notice.

  8. YanFlex says:

    Could you please fix the issue mentioned in this thread before the holiday break? Support does not help at all.

    social.msdn.microsoft.com/…/66c22c4c-e7bd-4341-94dd-dd59fcd46131

    This issue is killing our app Craigslist+. We became #1 on the top free list under lifestyle in just one month after it was released. Not many apps can do that. Well, it has been 3 days since it got completely removed from the top free list for no reason. The number of downloads tanked to 1/7 as before. App like this should be considered on the promotion page because we outran all 3 currently promoted apps.

    Thanks!

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