Feeds

Microsoft rejects porn, iPad protesters fake it

Who's got the cleanest screen?

Gartner critical capabilities for enterprise endpoint backup

Applications for Windows Phone 7 won't contain porn or decapitation - but while the rules may be limiting they are public, unlike Apple's.

Microsoft has published complete details of the application submission process for apps developed for Windows Mobile 7 (pdf), and porn is definitely out along with big nasty violence. But what's lacking is the Apple clause that lets companies change the rules on a whim which has rankled with so many, including these protesters who took their demand for iPad porn to the streets:

Freedom From Porn on Vimeo.

Microsoft is being pretty explicit about what it will allow in applications, and won't be having any "Images that are sexually suggestive or provocative... provocative images that reveal nipples, genitals, buttocks, or pubic hair". Also banned are depictions of "Decapitation, impaling, blood splatter/blood spurting/blood pooling... Exploding body parts... Guns/weapons pointed toward user/audience." Killjoys.

Games will have to get a recognised rating, from the ESRG, PEGI or USK. Applications that rate below a 12 will be permitted without additional scrutiny.

Links to other application stores are verboten, but alternative music download sites are allowed as long as Windows Phone Music Marketplace is included as an option.

In-application advertising is, unsurprisingly, permitted as long as it conforms to Microsoft's existing guidelines.

There are lots of clauses about defamatory and copyrighted content, as one would expect, but what's missing is Apple's catch-all clause which says Cupertino can reject any application without explanation, which should give developers some confidence.

That's assuming there are any developers; there still aren't any Windows Phone 7 handsets to play with, and the demonstrated feature set is unimpressive compared to Apple's iPhone 4 and even what Android is offering these days. Having proper submission rules is a good thing, but it's going to take a lot more than banning porn to get developers excited about creating applications for Windows Phone 7. ®

Next gen security for virtualised datacentres

More from The Register

next story
So, Apple won't sell cheap kit? Prepare the iOS garden wall WRECKING BALL
It can throw the low cost race if it looks to the cloud
Reg man looks through a Glass, darkly: Google's toy ploy or killer tech specs?
Tip: Put the shades on and you'll look less of a spanner
Apple promises to lift Curse of the Drained iPhone 5 Battery
Have you tried turning it off and...? Never mind, here's a replacement
Now that's FIRE WIRE: HP recalls 6 MILLION burn-risk laptop cables
Right in the middle of Burning Mains Man week
Apple's iWatch? They cannae do it ... they don't have the POWER
Analyst predicts fanbois will have to wait until next year
HUGE iPAD? Maybe. HUGE ADVERTS? That's for SURE
Noo! Hand not big enough! Don't look at meee!
Samsung Gear S: Quick, LAUNCH IT – before Apple straps on iWatch
Full specs for wrist-mounted device here ... but who'll buy it?
AMD unveils 'single purpose' graphics card for PC gamers and NO ONE else
Chip maker claims the Radeon R9 285 is 'best in its class'
Barnes & Noble: Swallow a Samsung Nook tablet, please ... pretty please
Novelslab finally on sale with ($199 - $20) price tag
prev story

Whitepapers

Best practices for enterprise data
Discussing how technology providers have innovated in order to solve new challenges, creating a new framework for enterprise data.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Advanced data protection for your virtualized environments
Find a natural fit for optimizing protection for the often resource-constrained data protection process found in virtual environments.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?