Soon many will be experiencing the Windows Phone 7 marketplace as they download apps for their new phones. Here is a list of 7 complaints about the marketplace:
1. Cannot Search by Keywords
When I submitted the Cousin Calculator app to the marketplace, I was able to enter keywords that would make finding the application easier:
But when I search for the app using one of the keywords, the application doesn’t show in the results:
Currently it is going to be more difficult to find some apps.
2. Cannot Search for Subgenre
Multiple genres in the marketplace have subgenres, but it is not always easy to remember which subgenre goes with each genre. If I explore the SHOPPING subgenre under LIFESTYLE, there are currently 27 apps. If I do a search for “shopping” I only see 6 apps:
3. Missing Genres or Subgenres
Compared to iTunes, the marketplace is missing some categories such as:
So if I am looking for flash cards, the periodic table, or other educational tools and games where in the marketplace should I currently look?
4. Cannot Filter Results Based on Language
Browsing the apps in the marketplace, currently I see applications for languages that I don’t read. The name of the app is in a foreign language and so are the description and screen shots:
I should be able to specify the languages of apps that I want to see in my results.
5. Cannot Sort by Top Rated
You can sort applications by Top selling and Release date and you can see the number of stars for their rating, but you can’t sort by Top rated.
6. Sort by Release Date Doesn’t Group by Date
When browsing the marketplace, if you sort by Release date, the only way to see the release date is to click to see the app details. It would be nice if the results showed the apps grouped by date.
7. Missing Counts when Browsing Genres
When “window shopping” in the marketplace, it would be nice to see the number of apps in each genre and subgenre.
I am hopeful that we will soon see some of these changes coming to the marketplace.
What issues do you see with the marketplace?
What things do you really like about it?