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Marketplace Links, a Follow Up: There’s An App For That

A couple of weeks ago, I posted about the best way to share marketplace links, so that links would open in the correct marketplace for your platform (web or phone). But if someone is still sharing the web links, well there’s a lot of faffing around to get that to open in the marketplace on the phone, so is there a solution? Yes.

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Pro Tip: Sharing Marketplace links

There are two places you can search for apps for your phone, one is in the Marketplace on your phone, the other on The latter lets you easily share app information and lets you see the screenshots of the app in question. However, if you share a link from the web based Marketplace (for example, and you open that link when you’re on your phone, you still only get the web based marketplace and you can’t install directly onto your phone (I know you can go through the web marketplace to install an app as it gets pushed from the cloud, but that’s not what I mean). So, how do you overcome this? Easy.

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PRO TIP: Creating A Private Beta? Add Yourself To It!

The AppHub and Marketplace support private betas which as a developer is great, you get to give it to real people who might not necessarily have a developer unlocked (or ChevronWP7 unlocked) device. This is done by you submitting an app to the AppHub in the same way as you would with a normal app, but with one difference, in the first page, you change this option:


Once this goes through, you can then give your beta testers a zune link and they can access the app through their phone’s MarketPlace hub. Part of the process of submitting a beta app is providing a list of Windows Live IDs, and these WLIDs are the only ones that have access to the beta.

The acceptance on beta apps is a lot quicker than a normal app as there aren’t as many checks done so you should receive a confirmation within a few hours to say it’s approved and will give you your zune link. Now, here’s the problem: there’s no way of knowing exactly how long it will then take from approval to visibility, especially with how slow the marketplace is at the moment for displaying new apps. There’s no real way of seeing when your app is available in the marketplace to your testers. Or is there?

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