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Microsoft unifies pricing tiers for universal Windows and Windows Phone apps

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Back at Build 2014 (remember that, two weeks ago?), Microsoft announced their initiative to unify apps across their entire ecosystem. That way a developer could build an app once and deploy it to Windows Phone, Windows, and even Xbox. But to make that a reality there was some back-end housekeeping to be done in order to make that a possibility. One of those steps: making it so you can price apps the same across all the stores.

To that end, Microsoft announced today that they're simplifying and consolidating the pricing tiers between Windows and Windows Phone. The end result of that is the addition of tiers for $0.99 apps and $1.29 apps for Windows. Microsoft noted that apps in that price range currently account for 55% of Windows Phone app sales.

Of course, you don't have to price your app that low, but if you intend to build a universal app for Windows and Windows Phone, you'll be looking at the same price on all platforms.

Additionally, Microsoft is making adjustments in its international pricing based on changes in the exchange rate, though they haven't specified which countries can expect to see their prices raised or lowered accordingly. Developers are encouraged to check the Dev Center and make any manual changes to their app pricing as they see fit. And they're telling us to keep an eye out for additional changes coming later in the week, so stay tuned to Windows Phone Central for the next moves in the Windows and Windows Phone stores.

Source: Microsoft

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jsnod25 says:

Everyone who comments on my comment is a troll...

Jaskys says:

That means WPCentral app still paid on WP

rockstarzzz says:

Free WITH ADS right? If you like ads, you should buy Android anyway. Google will make sure those ad agencies get your data safely. WP you get two options - paid (no ads), trial (with ads and live tile limit)

Jaskys says:

I don't really care about ADS, as long as i have option to remove them(paying), app has to be worth it. WPCentral app doesn't even support videos or podcasts. Aswell browsing forums through it is a pain in the ass and some of the features are locked until you buy it. It didn't got improved for quite a while, i was on a verge to buy it.

And i have nothing to hide from google, it can read my 999999 new spam letters whenever it wants from my gmail inbox

FFugue says:

If I'm not mistaken the WPCentral app on Windows Phone is free... You can use the trial if you want it free. If you want a live tile (something you can't have on android) and toast notifications then you can buy the full version.

Jaskys says:

Trial doesn't give notifications, nor working live tile. At current state it isn't worth the money

stevethenerd says:

Its too bad you don't feel it necessary to compensate jaye for his hard work...

kwajr says:

well wp version is a lot better

kwajr says:

but to go on a tangent who and the hell buys a smart phone yet balks at .99 apps get a fn life.

if you can afford a smartphone i dont think one less mcchicken is going to kill you

the app does support podcast and video. deep linking.

Jaskys says:

Im not that type of person who eats shit like you do.

This app is a disaster, it isn't worth a single penny, but it's way too hard for you to understand. Since you're used to buy and eat shit

polychromenz says:

Grow up you sad little boy. Not only have i happily paid for this app i would pay again for the value it provides. Why do small minded people like you expect so much for free? Because Google has given stuff away and now you think everyone should work for free. Newflash! there is no such thing as a free lunch, Google give stuff away so that they can read your data and target you with ads where they make money,. everyone pays, if you are too stupid to notice  then more fool you.

exkerZ says:

Your grammar sucks sweaty donkey balls. Newsflash to you, redneck, Google doesn't provide the WPC app to android users, WPC provides the WPC app to android users for free.

polychromenz says:

If you think my gammar sucks perhaps you need to go back to school. Yes I know that WPC supplied the android app free but its a different app from a different developer and it offers a fraction of the functionality. But then i wouldn't expect you to know that given the way you talk you sad pathetic little fuck tard.

exkerZ says:

You're missing commas and proper words. And since I actually have used both the android and windows phone WPC app, I can assure you the only thing the windows phone app has that is better is the live tile, and that isn't anything special. It is only personal preference. Now go back to masturbating in your grandma's basement.

polychromenz says:

oh fuck off you sad little shit. people like you are what makes the web unbearable.

kwajr says:

Fuck this is so out of hand. I don't even no who the troll was now

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exkerZ says:

You're the one who came in with guns blazing in the wind.. But as they say, the more ignorant being is the one that argues with the ignorant one. I'll stop being ignorant.

Paul Acevedo says:

Don't use language like that in comments on our site, Poly.

kwajr says:

Speaking of grammer "used to buy and eat shit" should be buying and eating shit.

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txdotjim64 says:

grammar...Just saying. :-)

Paul Acevedo says:

Watch your language and don't be so rude to other users, exkerz.

mjrtoo says:

Jaskys, just go troll somewhere else.

hopmedic says:

Someone wants a lot for his buck.......

WPCentral is one of the best apps out there.

Dean Hepper says:

+1 Its like crack to me, very addicting!

Jaskys says:

In your dreams it is

The best thing is instead nigging why don't you try to give your feedback and tell them what to improve in their APP. That's how mature behave so behave like one.

scdkad says:

Doesn't support videos?

Judas20 says:

WPCentral does support podcasts and videos. You're just a cheap ass loser who can't afford 0.79£

You know, I remember seeing a study somewhere about a few years back (long before Windows Phone took off), that a significant amount of peoples' monthly data was sucked dry due to ads placed in free apps.  I remembering uninstalling all my free apps (I was an Android user at the time) for a couple of months, and comparing my monthly data usage to all the previous months I had used free apps.  And sure enough, I discovered I had been blowing through a 20% to 30% chunk of my monthly data cap.  

Ever since then, I always pay for my apps.  Wireless data costs too damned much to be wasting it paying someone else's bills.  And the few bucks that I thought I was saving by using free apps, I was more than paying for in the form of data overage charges, or raising my monthly data limit to the next tier from my carrier. 

I guess what I am saying is, that there is no such thing as a free lunch.  We all pay one way or the other.  Whether it is Google selling all your most personal info to God knows, who; or whether its all the wireless data those ads are eating up running in the background, free apps are just not worth it.  Better to pay the app developer for their hard work up front, and call it a day.

Slovenix says:

Didnt notice any ads on my Nexus 7 hah

exkerZ says:

Ad agencies don't actually get our data. Google keeps it, and they just target ads. Same exact way Microsoft keeps your data, and then targets ads through bing.

Jaskys says:

MS really does that? What's with scroogled campaign then? Do you have any source by any chance?

exkerZ says:

The whole Xbox targeted political campaigns thing. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2014/03/07/microsoft-i...

I'm so sorry, I didn't mean bing. Just a habit since I use it heavily.

But what makes it okay for microsoft to target ads? And when Google does it, it suddenly means other companies have your information?

Cleavitt76 says:

It's the level at which Google is aquiring data and the methods they use to do it that is the issue most people are concerned about. 

 

MS is basically taking a users Bing search history and using it to display ads targeted at related topics.  Google also does this, but it's the additional scanning of what most people would consider personal data that is the concern.  Google basically provides a whole bunch of mostly free products/services that are all designed to aquire data about the users.  For example, they scan emails in gmail accounts, documents stored in gdrive, and collect data from interactions with Android. 

 

In the Xbox example, MS is basically just letting an advertiser target "males ages 20 to 40" which is based on the info you have entered into your public gamer profile.  Google on the other hand could see that you forwarded a pro democrat/republican chain email to other people and use that information to target you with political ads.

 

On the surface "targeted advertizing" sounds like the same thing, but the level of intrusiveness is very important.

exkerZ says:

Okay I'll accept that I'm wrong in this case.

rockstarzzz says:

Thank you for writing this. Only if people get more educated with real deal before jumping on how everything Android has is free. There is a reason for it. Nothing on this green earth was ever free, will never be.

Deamion says:

Speaking of getting more educated, the Earth is mostly blue... not green.

DJCBS says:

Of course they do. And Apple does it too. If you read the terms and conditions of the pages and browsers, you see that by using the services you are consenting to that collection of data.

Also, I'm not sure if this happens in the US too, but now every site that uses cookies is forced to show you a message that warns you that they do so and that they collect data from you.

rockstarzzz says:

Nope. Wrong. Microsoft doesn't sell your data. Google sells to third party.

exkerZ says:

Never said Microsoft sold data. Targeting =/= selling.

And Google doesn't sell to third parties, they just allow third parties to advertise. Unless you can find actual information that isn't from WPC, Microsoft, or blogs that can show Google has literally sold identification data to someone else.

rockstarzzz says:

But I did say Google sells your data. Circle completed. So everyone is lying but Google? Ok.

exkerZ says:

Said =/= proving.

Lol I really do like you

rockstarzzz says:

I am likable. Very likeable.

kwajr says:

http://www.google.com/policies/technologies/ads/ they never say sell but it sure isn't free

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paulomalley says:

I use the app across both platforms and I can honestly say there are no ads on my Android version of WPCentral...

The thing that really annoys me is that I can't get Android Central or Smartwatch Fans apps on my Windows Phone...

DJCBS says:

Those apps are coming. They are being made available according to OS size. Android is done. Next the apps will be on iOS and after that they'll be put on Windows Phone and Blackberry.

Jazmac says:

Get data "safely"
lol

Haris Ayub says:

Root your phone download adblock then there will be no such things as ads on your phone haha

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Jamie Tyler says:

Even worse, i feel like the Android app has a much cleaner look to it overall. Thats just me.

Jaskys says:

Indeed it does, WP app seems ridiculously unintuive and as i mentioned before comments section is simply awful

Sin Ogaris says:

It's really difficult to follow a conversation in the WP app as there is only one tier for all responses, be nice if that were changed.

Slovenix says:

Same here .. WP version should look better :)

Xpider_MX says:

Just you, WP version is beautiful (and easy to use), Android version is a little bit "meh".

Jaskys says:

More like WP version is meh, it's a pain to use

Jamie Tyler says:

I just feel like the theme colors just make it sometimes hard to look at, and can actually make it look very amateurish. To me the Anroid app seems a lot more profesional looking.

Nik Rolls says:

Meanwhile on Android is an extremely substandard app compared to the one on Windows Phone.

ogracia says:

Blablabla you're either stupid or a fucking ass hole

exkerZ says:

And you're fallacious. No need to call anyone an asshole. And if you don't care, then show you don't care by easily not saying anything.

2tomtom says:

Whoops, wrong person. Sorry, forgiveness please.

QilleRz says:

Check back later. Tired of people like this.

Judas20 says:

Seriously you can't afford 0.79£? Maybe you should just get a droid then

Jaskys says:

Show me where i said that

kwajr says:

Nice edit

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Ekon says:

Now that's alot of trolls. =]

greedypnguin says:

Finally you all decided to shut the fuck up...

weetigo says:

How come I can't report this message as a waste of space. Die. Die. Die.

Now for them to make it so you only have to pay once on one device(your WP for example) and not again on your other (W8 tablet or Xbox).

Nik Rolls says:

That's already part of the Universal App system.

peachy001 says:

I am sure they mentioned that. I definitely read it somewhere, and I have been waiting for WPC to mention it. I am sure it was said that if you buy it once, you get it for all devices.

MethodGT says:

Not automatically. They said the dev gets the option of publishing universal apps as buy once, or separate purchases

peachy001 says:

Oh, well at least they have the option to do it.

DJCBS says:

In other words, unified apps will double their price. Hopefully devs will see that's a stupid move. You sell more with lower prices.

PureView says:

You also create an inferior product if you're forced to price your app too low.

DJCBS says:

Not necessarily as it's proven by many 0.99€ apps, starting with WPCentral's own app.

PureView says:

WPCentral app is nothing. You should see something like Fantastical 2 for iPad which costs $15.

DJCBS says:

And does anyone actually buy it? (And don't forget until fairly recently you could forge the app placement in the charts on iOS).
here's a game on WP that's 13€ too I think. But I doubt they'll sell much.

rockstarzzz says:

Unified apps are on 3 screens after paying once. That is buying 3 apps for one payment. That is paying for 3 apps in one go. That is paying £1.29 for 3 apps instead of £0.99 each. What is wrong with that?

Laura Knotek says:

That's good. That's what I liked about iOS. One didn't need to pay twice for the same app on iPhone and iPad.

Good to see Microsoft doing this too.

b23h says:

thank you

 

That's a 30% price hike under the assumption we're going to be using the app on multiple devices - and many devs might not be so generous.

I understand the concern, though in practice I don't mind chipping in a little extra for the development time put into making it universal. So long as developers don't get carried away, of course.

DJCBS says:

That's assuming the jump if from 0.99 to 1.29. Which isn't a sure thing. Developers, if they're offering an app on 3 screens, may very well increase it so you pay the price of 3 individual apps anyway.

 

Also, why would I want to pay more for 3 screens if I only use it on one? The majority of people will NOT have a Windows combo (PC+tablet+smartphone). So they will be forced to pay for the hypothetical advantage they won't have. And you can say "well, they can change OS on the missing devices...but you know that only a madman would buy a new tablet just because of some apps.

 

And even for those who, like me, have a Windows-Combo, this isn't exactly good. While I may enjoy, for example, paying once for the WPCentral App or for a game and have it cross devices, why should I pay more for, say, a Weather app that I know I will never use neither on PC nor Tablet? OR a calendar that I know I will not use on PC or tablet?

 

The unification is a nice idea in theory but I think it's not that really good. I think it would be better if you paid the price for 1 app and then if you wanted to unlock it on other screens you could do it through a smaller IAP.

So, for example, you get a really cool calendar App on WP. You pay 0.99€ for it. If you want to unlock it on a 2520, you unlock it through an IAP on the device you bought it in and that would allow you to then use it on another screen.

I think it would be a better approach for everyone. For those who don't want to pay more for something they won't use; for those who want more screens; and for the developers who would not lose sales because of price hikes.

Because what may happen is that you have a 0.99 app. Because you make it work with extra screens, you hike the price to 1.99 or 2.99. People who would buy your app on their phones only will no longer buy it because instead of paying 0.99, they'll be forced to pay 1.99 or 2.99 for something they'll never use (the extra screen). So the developer instead of making money out of those 0.99, will not make any money.

 

rogerhew says:

That sound logical.

rockstarzzz says:

Strategy. Having to pay for apps you cant use because you have a Mac or iPad acts as a deterrent. You pay for one app your really want, you pay for two but then you start thinking - why am I also paying for stuff on iPad separately when I want it, when just by paying on WP, I can get it on any Windows OS!? That's when next time you purchase, you go Windows. In Steve Jobs language, "Chain them so tight to things they buy, they cant leave our ecosystem." Most homes will upgrade to Windows 8. Most people will buy things on Xbox. These things are already in houses in hundreds of millions. Once they get on Xbox, they want a phone where it is free, not an iPhone.

2tomtom says:

Excellent point.

neo158 says:

Exactly, that's what Apple and, to a lesser extent, Google are doing with their ecosystems. Another example is Steam, you buy a game on your PC and get the Mac and Linux versions for free.

DJCBS says:

"why am I also paying for stuff on iPad separately when I want it, when just by paying on WP, I can get it on any Windows OS!? That's when next time you purchase, you go Windows."

 

You do see how very very very easily this will turn against Microsoft, right? They don't have the upper hand here, neither in mobile nor tablet OSs.

If people go that route, I can see them way easily buying an iPhone next time since they already bought stuff on their iPad. Or vice-versa. Only people who would buy it on Windows would probably feel compeled to buy a Windows tablet or smartphone then...but I'm ready to bet the majority of people on Windows 8 don't buy apps on the Store.

 

I think, for a strategy, given Microsoft's position, it's a terrible strategy. Again, it's trying to copy Apple when they aren't in position to do so.

2tomtom says:

Perhaps, market forces will prevail, to balance app prices?

DJCBS says:

As a believer in the free market, I want to believe that consumer demand (or lack thereof) will do that. But humans are greedy by nature.

WhippedKream says:

Honestly when I first saw Asphalt for like 2$ I was like whoa this seems worth it on windows 8 PC, and when u get that low or lower for a good game like that, people will be interested and wouldn't mind sparing a buck or 2 for a full game...

rockstarzzz says:

$2 on one PC against $2.99 for PC, Phone and Xbox = Bargain!

WhippedKream says:

I see ur point but I guess it all depends on what game is going to be unified and if the price is justified I guess! I.e. Skulls of Shogan is too expensive for my liking (a game that I'll play only when I have SOME time for $5 and some isn't my cup of tea). But if it were that same price on WP and I could get it on W8 as well since it's unified, hell yes I would get it. that's a bargain, IMO

DJCBS says:

Except Asphalt 7 on WP8 is now 4.99.

2tomtom says:

Agree totally!

DJCBS says:

Asphalt is an interesting case actually. For way over a year Asphalt 7 was 0.99 on WP8 and 2.something on W8.

Then, suddenly, Gameloft hiked the price to 4.99 on WP8 (maybe because people would prefer to spend 0.99 on Asphalt 7 than get that crappy non-Xbox Asphalt 8? Don't know). I am pretty sure Gameloft sold more copies of Asphalt 7 on both Windows Phone and Windows 8 while they had the WP version for 0.99 than since they hiked the price to 4.99.

rockstarzzz says:

If for £4.99 I get it on all 3 screens, in 3 resolutins, heck yah!

2tomtom says:

Yep, this is FTW.

DJCBS says:

Except I bet you, you won't. The moment Gameloft puts it on 3 screens (IF they do it...which I doubt) they'll hike the price to 10€ or more: the price of a normal crappy PC game (because, lets face it, these games will always be crappy on a PC).

Ankmeyester says:

the price revision from forex with surely affect the indian app store.

Kreblon says:

Does that mean you'll be able to pay for an app once, but use it on multiple devices?

joe_easton says:

I'm wondering the same thing. I would buy more apps if I could use them on all my windows devices.

rockstarzzz says:

Yes, that is what Universal App means, right?

That's exactly what it means. If a developer links their apps together between the stores, purchasing it (or IAP) on one platform gives you the app on both.

Dare2Blink says:

That is exacly what it means

Yes but only if the devs want to.

Xpider_MX says:

If the dev make an universal version, it will work on three platforms, even if dev not like it.

Bee Mon says:

Nope, Universal apps still compiles to two separate binaries and the unified store will download the correct version based on the device you're using and developers can choose that you have to pay separately for each one. Microsoft only allows a unified price but does not enforce it, which has been clearly mentioned at Build 2014.

Is there an option for one purchase across platforms?
If an app is just a port I shouldn't have to buy it twice for a different format. This isn't the MPAA/RIAA, here.

hacer619 says:

This is an option that I welcome and would like to see on windows platforms, including xbox. A bundle price for all platforms. It's as if you're telling a user surrounded by microsoft ecosystem "hey, would you like to pay for a bundle and use the app accross all your platforms". Thus, increasing the app/game revenue.

Kleen Jimi says:

"...Microsoft announced their initiative to unify apps across their entire ecosystem. That way a developer could build an app once and deploy it to Windows Phone, Windows, and even Xbox."

This was found right in the article that you commented on, and most definitely did not read.

hacer619 says:

True, but that's a different story. He meant unifying app purchase on all microsoft platforms. 1 purchase for all platforms, If the app exists on all platforms.

rockstarzzz says:

Still same answer. Also present in 3 comments before this one.

Xpider_MX says:

You will pay only once.
 

kwajr says:

Since no one can read here is the whole video http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Build/2014/KEY01

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Bee Mon says:

 It's an option not a rule. Developers can still choose that you pay separately per platform.

kwajr says:

They never read

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Two weeks? Jeeeez time flies now its over!

ThePKReddy says:

Waiting for next week. 8.1!!

Kleen Jimi says:

i know right? i cant believe how long the wait seemed, and now that its over time has just flown by. hell, this coming week could bring us the dev preview of wp 8.1, but i dont wanna hold my breath when it comes to microsoft, cause you might just suffocate and die :T

terrokkinit says:

Unification...I'm so stoked about this. WP, Windows, AND Xbox?! I'm so stoked!! (Yes, did I mention I'm so stoked? Cuz I am!)

Ben Willson says:

Not sure but i think you are saying that you are stoked?

ThePKReddy says:

Are you stoked?

Wait! I know what your trying to say!!! YOU'RE STOKED!!!!!! ;)

terrokkinit says:

Yep. Glad I got my point across ;) *happy joy joy dance*

Bee Mon says:

Stoke beat Newcastle 1-0. Now at 43 points. Definitely safe from relegation so their season is now over and they can relax with the last few games. So yeah, even Stoke is stoked. But I'm a Liverpool fan actually so I'm more stoked that their are at the top of the league and I'll be super duper stoked if they beat MC tonite! :P

Eas195 says:

I did just know the meaning of stroke. Well, you're stroked lol

Talk4Lig says:

Cool, excited for monday for preview

WhippedKream says:

SAMMMEEE! It'll be the only thing keeping me from getting depressed after my exam that day looool

ThePKReddy says:

Do we know for sure its Monday? Joe said Early Next Week. I'm hoping its Sunday :D

colinkiama says:

Heey all the £4 games are £3.50 and final fantasy went from £12.99 to £8.99. Cool

I shall buy all the apps the store offers.

rockstarzzz says:

May the force not be with you.

The force flows through my entire body as I can influence Midi-Chlorians and bring life!

Starbane says:

And yet Sidius still murdered you

He only freed me, now I can be one with the force and influence Jedi across the galaxy to become Sith Lords.

Naren Parker says:

Good to know that WP has an intergalactic appeal :D

2tomtom says:

lol guys, made my day :D

smoledman says:

I see devs making universal apps at a higher price and still offering platform-specific apps at the usual lower prices.

rockstarzzz says:

That would be waste of time and spamming store with too many of same apps!

Ticomfreak says:

Just have an IAP for Windows 8 and Xbox support...

ebradley says:

It would surprise me if they don't. Especially if it sync's real time.

Residing says:

This makes sense to me. If  someone has a Mac and an iPod, but uses a WP device, why pay $9.99 (for example) for a 'universal' app that said person will only be using on a WP device.  Giving the price option for a single device use would be great.

 

rockstarzzz says:

Doubt it will be that ridiculously priced. Only that £0.99 will be lesser and maybe £1.29 more.

kwajr says:

Either way the universal app store was the biggest news that didn't get any coverage its what everyone was asking for they were bitching because they didn't want to pay multiple times for apps. Now they are bitching cause they may only have to pay once.

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Aashish13 says:

Sunday. Get lost for one day please!!!!

kingenu says:

app unification will allow me to buy apps on my wp with my phone credit and use it on my windows 8 laptop! i like this 

Slovenix says:

I will probably buy more apps then :) but there also should be synced progress over all devices (games) :)

Po_MD says:

Would this allow for one who owns a preexisting app on either platform (W8 or WP8) to use it without purchasing it on the opposite platform?

rockstarzzz says:

Yes if developers make that app as an universal update and push a free update to existing app instead of making a new app.

Eas195 says:

well, I have WPCentral app on both Windows 8.1 and WP8, so will they get the free update to be one app?

venetasoft says:

It s up to the developer, it s quite easy to unlock both the apps once one is bought.

Ken Heslip says:

I was wondering how they'll handle name unification on both platforms. What if the same name is owned by different companies on each platform? Who gets to have when unified.

Ticomfreak says:

I'm pretty sure they dropped that a LOOOOONG time ago.

Bee Mon says:

You actually have to now reserve the name for unified apps. However if you have already published an app, even though you still have to go reserve the name, your application display name in the store can remain the same even if you may have to change the internal application name if it's already taken.

jddumawa says:

I only hope carrier billing comes to the Philippines soon.

stevethenerd says:

Seems like there are a couple buttons behind the scenes Microsoft need to push(click) to enable WP8.1 before they can release it ;)

danielgray says:

Hopefully this will mean existing apps will be converted to universal apps. Believe it when it happens.
As universal apps will only work in WP8.1 it will be 2 - 4 months before it is out there in large numbers. How long till devs convert their apps or start to make new apps? If an app is converted to a universal app, will someone that purchased it as a normal app get access to the universal app abilities?

Bee Mon says:

Not all Windows Phone apps can be converted to universal apps as there is still a lack of certain Windows Phone APIs in universal apps. I think most developers who have already published Window Phone apps but not Windows Store apps will simply continue to use the next version of Silverlight for Windows Phone 8.1. Once they developed a complete version of their app for Windows Runtime, then it will be very easy to turn it into a Universal app and make some UI and API changes to better fit WP and then drop the Silverlight version for good. However one thing for sure, WP7 is reaching the end of its life.

iyae says:

Yeah I'm not 100% sure i feel like converting all my apps from Silverlight to universal...i'll def do it with "slated" cos my WP version kicks the crap out of my crappy windows version (that was one of my first attempts at an app) any new apps i make will def be universal :)

Soble says:

Can I use ilomilo+ in wp8??? I bought it in PC but there is no time play game with it...

jasqid says:

So the question I have is if I purchased angry birds for on my WP, will I now be able to download on my surface?

Bee Mon says:

But angry birds is not a universal app. This scheme only applies to universal apps and I don't think the developers would spend more time and cost to convert their games in order to earn even less.

Nokia5110 says:

Is there a countdown site for WP8.1?

iyae says:

No, because we don't know the exact date its coming :P

thienhoang72 says:

I didn't open windows phone app for desktop and metro on win 8.1. Why?. 

iyae says:

Is this a riddle??

thienhoang72 says:

???. Lumia can not connected to PC(win 8.1) and not open windows phone app program.

kwajr says:

Wtf does this have to do with the article

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plugfire says:

I love the idea of unifying apps, but I don't understand why MS structured the payment scheme like this. All I want is that when I buy the same apps on the different devices, I can have discounts. Let's say I can buy an app from W8 for 4.99$ then buy the same app for 1.99$ from WP8 or vice versa.

MARKjotep says:

of course. Dev would still have the option to build only one platform.

this will only be applicable if they plan to make One App for three VS of platform.

Its actually worth the money specially if you are only using one Live account for all of your devices.

however I cant See this option being implemented this year.. some dev may try but I doubt! 2015 may be the best year for testing!

mspace81 says:

So can't wait for WP 8.1!!!!

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Dean Lewis says:

Does this mean... for example...

You can buy Halo: Spartain Assult for Windows Phone and it be ready, waiting and paid for on Windows 8 & Xbox??

kwajr says:

In theory how many times do you need that answered

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WPCentral servers are down??

kwajr says:

I couldn't connect to android central or windows phone central or Google earlier even after a full network reboot

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Perhaps they are rebranding the smartwatchfans.com.. And therfore the whole mobile nations servers are down!

skshandilya says:

To all bitching about having to pay for WP app, while free on Android. Lead, ( become a dev) follow, (buy the app) or get out(don't bitch, try to post constructive comments)

Are bhai 8.1 update kb aayega bakchod mt bnao

uopjo6 says:

I was informed about the unification 2 years ago. And they've just started? 

kwajr says:

They finally have there end and tools ready.
They put it in devs hand now

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vinay27 says:

Wpcentral dead on Sundays

Aashish13 says:

Less than 24 hours left for the revolutionary update.

neo158 says:

That would be evolutionary not revolutionary ;-)

dmmuldoon says:

Is it 10am pacific time kickoff???

winrayjay99 says:

We talk about pricing and ads on apps. I am looking at developing games for smartphones as a hobby. But find a small way to generate revenue from it. I know some apps can handle ads while others can't. When I was an Android user I got to download angry birds on there free, but it was ad supported which slowed down the game or crashed it altogether. That is why I will charge a small amount of money for the games I make. Because ads slow a game down. Even Microsoft's own shuffle party gets laggy with the ads.

When is Windows phone 8.1 developers for preview is coming please comment on this