Microsoft increases free app submissions from 5 to 100 [Developers]

One big area that developers had a gripe about in the Marketplace was the seemingly arbitrary limit of only five free apps could be submitted to the Marketplace at no cost. Microsoft had set the number, meaning you could submit five free apps to the Marketplace without paying the $20 app submission charge.

After hearing developer feedback on this topic, Microsoft has finally altered this requirement, bumping the number of free app submissions from five to a nice cozy one-hundred. That number will surely give devs ample room to work on releasing apps, without that cost fear over their heads.

The goal was originally meant to prevent developers from pumping out a ton of free, but low quality apps to the Marketplace i.e. clone apps with slightly varying titles, etc. So the intention was good, but the problem was this: free, ad supported apps ended up bringing in more revenue for developers than some paid versions. Take someone like game-developer Elbert Perez (Impossible Shoota, others) who made all six (and counting) of his games for free/ad supported--he'd have to pay $20 for each submission, including if it failed the resubmission.

So once again, good on you Microsoft.

Source: Windows Phone Marketplace Developer Newsletter; Thanks, Justin Angel, for pointing this out



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Seater23 says:

This isnt directly on topic, but sort of. Has anyone heard of a app that lets you use your windows phone device to control the zune software on your computer? I see there is one for iTunes, and if there isnt one for the devices own software that would be a little awkward.

paspals says:

Maybe in time, MS will understand THE PEOPLES NEEDS... i personally know that payed app is far more better to work,play,etc, on- but socalled animal-human instincts get overwhelmed when i see the same app for free... And that doesnt mean that i wont buy it, just makes me happier that the choice is there(though with restrictions of some kind-ads,demo,trial,not completed...)Ms(an actually all of us...)- need to understand that people who r intended to buy zhit- will do so... People who wants free- will do so or not take at all...Point is- FREE STUFF GIVES QUANTITY... THAT GIVES QUALITY... IN THE END I HOPE THAT MS UNDERSTANDS THAT BASIC LIBERTIES AND CHOICES ARE THE ALPHABET OF THE 21ST CENTURY....

anantou says:

You do realize that the ad sdk is only open to US-based developers? Non-US devs now have additional disadvantage. Very bad move.

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XboxOmac says:

Glad they did this. This would totally bring more apps to the marketplace compared to the other OS's.

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