Microsoft has promised that developers will be paid for Windows Phone 7 app sales in the fourth week of January 2011.
Payouts will include payment for all sales of Windows Phone 7 apps and games that occurred from October 2010 through the end of December 2010. Microsoft says that after the initial payout in January 2011, developer payouts will be distributed on a monthly basis for all developers who meet the minimum payout threshold limits. This includes developers of Windows Mobile 6.5 and Windows Phone 7 applications.
“Back in October I shared that developer payouts for app and game sales would begin in February. We are pleased to now announce that the first payouts for Windows Phone 7 sales will be made in the 4th week of January 2011,” wrote Todd Brix, Group Product Planner for the Mobile and Embedded Devices Division at Microsoft.
Microsoft has also made reporting available today to allow developers to see how well their applications are performing. Two types of reports are available. The first is a graphical view of daily and overall downloads as well as break-downs. The second is a payout record that provides detailed views of payouts for each application.
Developers have been criticising Microsoft’s Marketplace registration and submission process and the software giant acknowledged this today. “We’ve heard you loud and clear that the registration and submission process hasn’t been ideal and has been frustrating to too many developers. In response, we’ve made a number of fixes and enhancements throughout the process over the last 2 months, including a number of new improvements available today,” wrote Brix. Microsoft has addressed postal code issues, app re-submissions bugs and smaller enhancements to improve the performance usability of Microsoft’s developer tools.
Brix also revealed that 91% of applications have been certified and published within 2 days of submission, and 86% of the 1,000+ new developers that register in App Hub every week now have their account vetted and validated within 10 days.