The title is an extract from @SonantAlpaca answer here:
The topic was about whether an individual developer, new comer most likely, has any chance to be accepted in the Market Place.
Retrospectively, long market place application delays sounded at first like being in phase with the Q&A where Microsoft/Jorg was saying they are overwhelmed by all the applications they are receiving, which I tended to believe, even if we're still waiting our application process despite we were among the first batch to apply (because we were in the early 3rd party developers forum and we knew about the application process a little bit earlier).
Thereafter and ever since, the general consensus is that they are reviewing and testing every single add-on and this takes time, given the load. Which I tended to also believe once again, given the tight control and the strict sandboxing policy, which sounded like they want to control every bit (literally every addon data bit here) of what goes to the market place.
So back in February I was trying to add up official numbers to see what it looks like:
Which indeed sounded like they have a lot of vendor applications still pending any processing at all (the majority is waiting), which also sounds like a few vendors were approved and are enjoying a situation where they can be selling more and more while most others are still waiting more and more at the same time.
And the overall market place process is slow because this takes time to review add-ons, because they must be validated individually for conformity, which I imagine this to be, from the various Q&A comments, as if there is a certain "conformity validation process".
- if this validation process takes so long, or at least takes so much resources that this is the reason there are still so many vendors waiting for the market place application like us (our market place application is still pending for nearly 21 months now...)
- if this is a problem of workload against team size because everything is curated for conformance and quality, as it is so much said in various Q&A
then I'm wondering whether finding an airport add-on in the market place with the following file structure is not discrediting the entire claims for "quality", and whether most vendors still waiting for their market place application are not waiting in vain or hoping too much from it?