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Windows Phone 7: New Policies for next gen Windows Phone Marketplace Announced

Microsoft introduced “new set of Windows Phone Marketplace policies that’ll govern app submission and certification process as Windows Phone 7 comes to market. We’re taking the next step with Marketplace to attract a much wider range of developers, from large software companies down to students and hobbyists,” reports Microsoft.

new Windows Phone Marketplace policies offer:

  • Annual registration fee of $99
  • No limit to number of paid apps submitted 5 free apps per registration, $19.99 each after that
  • Free registration to DreamSpark students (same unlimited paid and 5 free apps applies)
  • new optional push notification service
  • new optional Trial API fully controlled by developer – trials mean more customers try your app, and less likelihood that they return it.
  • ability to publish to all available Marketplace markets through new “worldwide distribution” option, allowing developers to pay once and distribute broadly
  • Wider range of business models; free, paid, freemium and ad-funded
  • Equally important to many developers is what isn’t changing:
  • revenue share of 70/30
  • Developers manage business with Marketplace via self service portal http://developer.windowsphone.com
  • Payout takes place monthly for developers for USD$200 and above worldwide
  • Developers can make ad funded apps
  • All apps go through process of technical and content certification
  • Marketplace offers support for credit card commerce, and where available mobile operator billing.
  • Microsoft continues its practice of publishing policies, guidelines, and submission process details to developers so they understand exactly how marketplace works.

Full List: Policies | Windows Phone 7 Means Business

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