Microsoft Begins Payouts to Windows Phone 7 App Developers

Ryan Whitwam

This is a big week for developers of apps for Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 platform. The time has finally come for Microsoft to start doling out those fat checks for app sales over the last few months. Even developers that had apps ready for the launch of the platform three months ago have bone without pay until now. Microsoft said this was merely a logistical issue, and all back sales are being paid out.

Most developers have been pleased with the rate of early sales. Developers are also pleasantly surprised at the level of engagement with Microsoft both while developing, and after publishing. Although, some game developers take issue with the preferential treatment that  Xbox live games get in the Marketplace. Non-Live games are not eligible to be featured titles, and apps must be accepted into the Live system to add the feature.

The missing piece of the puzzle according to developers is the number of handsets. The WP7 user base is still relatively small. It is hoped that the impending release of Windows Phone 7 on CDMA carriers Verizon and Sprint will boost sales.

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