Microsoft Listens–WinPhone7 App Submission Changes

Wait, what’s going on again?

It’s all around Windows Phone 7 application development and the submission process to the Windows Phone Marketplace. Microsoft is on the hunt for app devs to build apps for Windows Phone 7. Of course they are, right? You need apps to make the platform more enticing for users to buy, to build a marketplace, for apps to be developed, and round-and-round.

I’ve built a bunch of applications for Windows Phone 7. Some for me, some for friends, some for Microsoft, some of other companies, etc. Originally, each developer was allowed 5 free application submissions. If an app was rejected, you could fix it, and resubmit, and that counts two submission points. Because the platform is new, and I’m still learning the ins-and-outs, I’m not afraid to admit I’ve had a few rejections. Some I agree with, and some I don’t, but that’s not the point of this post. After your 5 app submissions (pass or fail) the submission price is $20USD.

Since the beginning of WP7, I’ve been telling Microsoft Rep’s that the $20 hit is hurting more than helping them. Most seemed to agree, and as of today, the free submission count, per developer account is raised to 100.

WooHoo – Thank you Microsoft for listening!