Remove Search Restrictions
Remove the 50 apps limit from the phone and 100 app limit from the marketplace web site when users search for an app with a search term. If an app can not be found with its ideal keyword (becuase over a hundred apps already have used that search term) then new apps cannot be found with their ideal search terms. The concept of paging using skip and take very easily resolves this issue. It's quite dissapointing that a Bible app cannot be found with the search term bible.
The irony is that the number of windows store apps is not much when they make such a restriction.
The whole store has an atmosphere of emptiness...and you are ruining the investment of people who develop apps for your platform or buy a phone or computer with windows and look desperately for apps!
This is ridiculous. 50 items on the search list. I have spent the last 2 years trying to change the keywords. My app is still invisible. My motivation for a new app is below zero !!
AGAIN: Can anyone tell me what is the intention behind the limited search list ????
Robert Lewis commented
When you do a search in the marketplace by keyword the query only shows the top 50 results.
Ideally this would work the same as browsing any other list and pulling the next results asynchronously as the list is scrolled.
Richard Moore commented
Couldn't agree more! Limiting Marketplace searches to 50 results basically means that the Market place is broken.
C'mon Microsoft, you ram good coding practice down our throats and get everyone to code to high standards to be certified to be in the store, then the store itself exhibits some lazy coding by eliminating all but the top 50 of a search term!?
What incentive will there be for devs to spend weeks and months writing apps for Windows Phone if they have zero chance of being found?
Almost 4 years and still nothing has changed! What are you waiting for?!?!?
This is a great problem for ALL the new developers or new Apps.
The ability to filter by paid or free might help a little, purely because there is likely to be a mix of payment models, thus squeezing a bit more mileage out of the 50 result limit.
The ability to order the results in a way that biases towards recent releases would definitely help.
The bottom line, though, is that the 50 result limit introduces a crippling discontinuity into the search space navigation.
Same Problem here. My App is absolutely invisible in the store. Can anyone tell me what is the intention behind the limited search list. Until then, i quit every engagement for this platform.
Max Meng commented
oh dear, so this is a suggestion 3 years ago, where is the support..
I second this suggestion.
When searching the store from my test device (Lumia 520 / WP8) using the phrase "guitar tuner", the store browser app only returns around 50 results and I can't see any way to get more results.
When doing the same search via windowsphone.com, there are hundreds of results (of which my recently released app is one).
Unless I'm missing something, this gives established (i.e. old) apps an almost insurmountable advantage when there are more than 50 results for a given search phrase because newly released apps will start at the bottom of the rankings and thus be invisible.
I've previously released an Android and iOS app in the same utterly saturated category and moving up the rankings is very much dependent on a small number of 'early adopters' who are inquisitive enough to go searching through the bottom of the rankings looking for new apps.
Given that low ranking apps only turn up with via a search on windowsphone.com, this mechanism is pretty much lost.
Charles Brewer commented
Many people have told me that they are sticking with the Android system because it has more apps. If I do a search for the term bible on an android, I get over 1500 results ( it implements paging), WP7 I get 50? This doesn't just apply to a Bible app, it applies to almost anything that has ideal search keywords. I apologize for nagging but 50? C'mon! Where's the vision?