Update: Microsoft will improve Marketplace search results in a few days!

We have finally received word from Microsoft that they are releasing a potential fix for the new Marketplace search algorithm!

If you’ve been following WMPoweruser or if you’ve done Marketplace searches recently, you’ve probably noticed the terrible new search results. Most notably, searching for “Twitter” currently returns 18 non-rated or 1-star-rated apps before Rowi, with 1,259 ratings and a 4.5 star average, simply because their title is “Twitter”.

But a Microsoft representative has finally responded to this issue and has already been working on a fix. Tamara from the Dev Center thread informs us…


We believe there is room for improvement in the way our algorithms use this app metadata to determine relevance of the search results. We are testing a potential fix for this issue now that will address some of these shortcomings and look to have it in production in a few days’ time. And, we will continue to make improvements to ensure we promote high quality apps.

It is great to finally hear a response from Microsoft about this issue! The issue originally cropped up on October 9th, as pointed out by Richard in the thread. Microsoft remained silent until now, making developers uneasy, but Microsoft was obviously listening to the criticism and has been working on a fix.

If you haven’t heard, the new search algorithm actually uses Bing for search results and finally can handle typos. Visit the Windows Phone Blog to read up on the new app search.

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