Microsoft today made a couple of announcements: First;
We're pleased to now announce that the first payouts for Windows Phone 7 sales will be made in the 4th week of January 2011. This payout will include payment for all sales of WinP7 apps and games that occurred after the phones became available in Oct'10 through the end of Dec'10. After Jan'11, developer payouts will be processed on a monthly basis for all combined sales of WP6.x and WP7 apps for those developers who meet the minimum payout threshold limits.
Also, that begining today, "analytics for developers for their apps now deployed on Windows Phone Marketplace are now available." Developers will be able to check "daily and cumulative downloads as well as raw data break-downs," as well as payout information, including info for any WM6.xx apps.
And, also tout that some turnaround numbers for the 18,000 developers registered to develop apps for WP7:
One way we measure improvement is to look at is turnaround time for common activities. I wanted to share that we've made significant improvements. Over last month, 91% of apps have been certified and published within 2 days of submission, and 86% of the 1,000+ new developers that register in App Hub every week now have their account vetted and validated within 10 days.
Here're a few examples of some of the other fixes and enhancements made recently:
- Developers from certain countries were reporting issues with postal code rules that weren't applicable to their locale. We re-structured these rules to accommodate developers from these regions and they're now able to register successfully.
- When re-submitting an app, the steps were unclear to many developers and resulted in the erroneous impression that the submission process was completed, when it wasn't. We changed the workflow and improved the App Hub UI with a concise 5 step process.
- Also made several other enhancements that improve the robustness, performance and usability as well.