Microsoft just announced how developers can make money creating Windows 8 Apps and the lowest that they can set the price for their Windows 8 Apps is $1.49 and as high as $999.99. In a blog post at MSDN blog, Microsoft also said that developers can offer ad supported free app and a 7 day free trial of their app.
The $1.49 base price for Windows apps is a bold move considering that on iOS and Google Play, you can get good quality apps for $0.99. The 7 day free trial is something new, since Apple does not allow app developers to offer free trials while Google Play can only provide a 15 minutes free trial.
As with the free but ad supported app, Microsoft will allow developers to use their preferred ad provider as long as it meets the technical certification requirements of building a Windows 8 app. A freedom that iOS app developers do not have, since they need to use the iAds, which an ad platform by Apple.
Aside from buying the app via the Windows App Store, “in app purchase” feature is available to give developers additional revenue from customers. Similar to other App Store, Microsoft will get 30% of the app price and until your app reaches $25,000 of lifetime sales then it will change to 20% of the app price. Which again another change from just the 30% that Apple and Google are cutting from app developers.
With a starting price of $1.49, it looks like we’ll be seeing a lot of good quality app from the Windows App store, because if not, I don’t see anyone buying a $1.49 app if that same app or similar app exists on other App store with a much lower price. This is also good news for developers, as they get more value from the apps that they’re creating. If you’re a developer and interested in creating app for Windows 8 or even Windows Phone 8 platform, just click on the source link below for more information.
Source: MSDN Blog
Last modified: July 27, 2012