Change history for Microsoft Store Policies

Date Document version Change description
March 5, 2019 7.11

Updated 10.1.1 to add ownership requirements for publishing web apps.

Added 10.1.5 to republish software promotion and distribution requirements.

Updated 10.8.3 to apply only where apps require financial account information.

Updated 10.14 to add requirements for mandatory use of a company account type.

November 15, 2018 7.10

Changed policies to refer to "Products" generally and specific product types, such as apps, games and add-ins, as appropriate.

Added a first-run value proposition requirement to 10.1.1.

Added a completeness requirement and replaced "targeted device family" with "targeted systems and devices" in 10.1.2.

Reworded and moved software distribution policy from 10.8.5 to 10.2.6 to more accurately reflect its purpose.

Added platform support to device support requirements in 10.4.1.

Removed 10.3.3 detailing gift card requirements.

Simplified back button requirements in 10.4.4.

Updated 10.5.1 to move device location requirements to new 10.5.7 and require privacy policies for Edge Extensions and Desktop Bridge products.

Added 10.5.6 to specify the requirements for using Microsoft identity authentication.

Added 10.5.7 to specify device location requirements including consent to use location data.

Updated 10.8.2 to add requirements for receiving donations from users.

August 6, 2018 7.9

Updated 10.1.2 to add requirements for file types and protocols.

Updated 10.1.4 to include active presence in the Store.

Updated 10.8.4 to include trial experiences.

Updated 10.13.11 to add personal information requirements.

April 17, 2018 7.8

Updated 10.8.4 to clarify wording.

Updated 10.14 to indicate the date when this policy takes effect.

Changed title of 11.3.

February 14, 2018 7.7

Updated 10.5.5 to clarify requirements for storing or transmitting sensitive personal information.

Updated 10.8.3 to change "business account type" to "company account type."

Added 10.14 to require company account type for apps using app-specific authentication methods.

November 20, 2017 7.6

Updated Harm to Others (11.3) to clarify (a) product safety and comfort requirements and (b) prohibitions against causing or encouraging real word harm.

October 26, 2017 7.5

Updated 10.2.4 and added 10.2.5 to clarify requirements for software dependencies.

Updated 10.8.2 to clarify required payment methods for charitable contributions and gambling payments. Added 10.8.6 to 10.8 Financial Transactions to describe requirements for subscriptions.

Updated 10.13.5 to clarify requirements for sign-in to Xbox Live.

Updated the definition of the "Store" in connection with Microsoft Store branding changes.

June 13, 2017 7.4

Added that metadata policies and content policies apply to trailers and trailer thumbnails.

March 29, 2017 7.3

Updated 10.8.1 to rename the Microsoft in-app purchase API.

Updated 10.8.2 to add the Microsoft payment request API.

Updated Gaming and Xbox (10.13) to cover Creators Program, Xbox Live and Emulators

Updated Harm to Users (11.3) to cover encouraging or creating harm to the app user

January 17, 2017 7.2

Added Security (10.2.1) to cover requirements for browser functionality.

Updated Financial Transactions (10.8.4) to require clear notice when initiating an in-app purchase.

October 19, 2016 7.1

Reorganized Distinct Function & Value; Accurate Representation (10.1) and added device dependency and targeted device functionality requirements

Updated Personal Information (10.5) to require privacy policy link in metadata and clarify limitations on publishing personal information without consent

Updated Financial Transactions (10.8) to clarify in-app purchase requirements for digital goods and add limitation on promotion and distribution of software

August 2, 2016 7.0

Updated Security (10.2) to add 10.2.3 and 10.2.4.

Updated Usability (10.4.2) to clarify requirements.

Updated Personal Information (10.5) to require describing the types of parties to whom PII is disclosed (in 10.5.1 and 10.5.2), and added 10.5.4 and 10.5.5.

Updated Financial Transactions (10.8) to add virtual currency and 10.8.1 to remove grace period for implementing MS IAP for digital goods.

Added Edge Extensions (10.12).

Added Xbox One (10.13).

Updated Offensive Content (11.5) to explicitly apply to metadata and to include sensitive content.

Updated Code of Conduct to explicitly include obtaining unauthorized access to or use of personal information.

June 15, 2016 6.9

Updated Distinct Function & Value (10.1).

Updated Notifications (10.9) to add 10.9.4.

March 30, 2016 6.8

Updated Distinct Function & Value (10.1).

Updated Age Ratings (11.1) to remove 11.11.1.

December 3, 2015 6.7

Updated Distinct Function & Value (10.1).

Updated General Content Requirements (11.1).

Combined General Rating Requirements and Age Ratings into 11.11 (removed 11.12).

September 8, 2015 6.6

Updated Advertising Conduct and Content (10.10.6).

July 29, 2015 6.5

Updated Security (10.2.2) to revise the description of prohibited app behavior.

Updated Personal Information (10.5.1) location settings requirements to include information about Windows 10 mobile apps.

June 8, 2015 6.4

Combined paragraphs in 10.1 Distinct Function & Value; Accurate Representation.

Extended application of 11.12 Age Ratings to all Windows Store apps.

Updated and consolidated requirements in 11.12 Age Ratings.

April 29, 2015 6.3

Added a requirement to Personal Information (10.5).

Updated Capabilities (10.6).

Updated Financial Transactions (10.8).

Added Advertising Conduct and Content (10.10).

Updated and renamed Hate Speech or Discriminatory (11.5) to Offensive Content.

October 23, 2014 6.2

Converged policies for Windows Store and Windows Phone Store.

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