Microsoft recants $99 for app updates

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by Mike
Posted March 30th, 2009 at 5:12 pm

In what was most certainly a ridiculous and blatant move centered around greed, Microsoft was imposing a $99 fee for app submissions over 5 submission in a year. Ok so that wasn’t that bad. The real kicker was that app updates were included. A developer can easily go through 5 updates in a year for a single app let alone a library of apps. Under the old rules, if a developer released an update as simple as a bug patch longer than a week after the original apps release, that update was counted against their app submission count. Many suspected that this new rule on updates would have caused developers to forgo updating their apps leading to an app store full of buggy software. Though, Microsoft probably meant to deter rushed apps to market instead wanting developers to actually test, retest, and re-retest their apps before submitting…getting it right the first time. Thankfully Microsoft has seen the light and realized their wrongdoing and has announced that they are no longer going to count app updates against your “submissions” credit. Gee thanks Microsoft…damn decent of you. So WinMo developers, will you sleep a little more soundly tonight, or, is this not really a big deal to you. Let our dear readers know.

Source: Electronista, Cnet

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