Windows Phone 7 brought with it not just the promise of a better user experience, but also freedom from the draconian policies of the Apple App Store for beleaguered developers. Though Microsoft wasn’t entirely clear on their policies upfront, it would seem indie developer Matt Bettcher has stumbled upon a new one.
According to Bettcher his mostly open source Nintendo emulator has been rejected, and he was advised by company officials that this category of application would not be allowed in the Marketplace. This is a rather interesting stance when you consider that while Apple initially took this path as well, they finally give in to community pressure and have allowed similar projects to be accepted into the store.
So will community pressure work on Microsoft? Grab your pitchfork and lets find out.
It took quite a while for Microsoft to be fully convinced that its mobile OS is long due for an overhaul. Last month, although it did not quite deliver an overhaul, it took a small step toward bringing its mobile offering up to speed with the competition. It launched the Windows Marketplace for Mobile app store on October 6th, the very day it released Windows Mobile 6.5.
But the enhancement that should interest WinMo users the most is the ability to “browse and buy applications from the PC.” All applications bought from the Windows Marketplace for Mobile site will be delivered wirelessly to the user’s Windows phone. Microsoft will make the store accessible to Windows Mobile 6.0 and 6.1 customers later this month.
Apart from the eight uncanny people who bought the $999.99 “I Am Rich” app – an underwhelming screensaver - from the iTunes App Store last year, a vast majority happily devours the free and 99-cent apps. But the preponderance of 99-cent apps has made the App Store a cluttered warehouse, banished many quality apps to oblivion, and increased redundancy. Furthermore, many top-notch developers are finding it difficult to set an honest price on premium apps, for they fear their honesty might render these apps unattractive.