Microsoft released two big news today regarding its next flagship Windows 8 that is in a mission of turning tablet market around, which are very much welcomed and anticipated.
Windows Store, the Microsoft version of App Store, is one of them previewed today with a lot more details of what it is and how it works. Some of the key facts are:
- Windows Store is the single source for Metro-Style apps.
- But in an enterprise environment, there is a compromise in which a side-loading feature allows IT professionals can manage and deliver apps and updates on their own.
- Developers pocket 70% of app revenue in the first $25,000US. After that, the number jumps to 80%. A better model will be welcomed to successful apps like Angry Birds.
- To get in, $49US for individuals, and $99US for companies.
- App pricing ranges from $1.49US, using $0.50US increments up to $5US. Well, that doesn’t seem to be the case for big applications like PhotoShop, does it?
- Developers are also free to utilize alternate transaction services for in-app purchases other than the one provided by Microsoft, and Microsoft will keep 0 percent of the proceeds.
- If you develop free apps, you can plant advertising model to your app, either using Microsoft’s ad platform, or another 3-party vendor.
- Finding apps through Windows store is very much optimized.
When do you expect you can physically see it? Sometime in February 2012, the same time when Windows 8 public beta debut. And yes, that’s the second news revealed today.