Microsoft Shares More Mobile Marketplace Details
Today Microsoft announced details on how its Windows Marketplace for Mobile will work. The Windows Marketplace for Mobile will be available in 29 countries at launch, and Microsoft will certify each application to be sure they work properly. Application developers will get 70% of all revenue generated by the sales of their applications, and developers will be able to set the sales price of their apps in each market it is available. Developers can submit up to five applications per year for $99. If they wish to submit more applications, they will need to pay $99 for each additional app. Developers will receive feedback from Microsoft during the certification process. Developers will be able to use standard tools for creating applications, including the Windows Mobile 6 SDK and .NET Compact Framework 3.5. Microsoft will share more details with developers when the market opens later this spring. Microsoft expects to begin accepting applications for approval starting this summer.
Microsoft Bags Windows Bridge for Android Apps
Microsoft today provided an update on the tools it offers to developers and said it has canceled plans the Windows Bridge for Android (project Astoria). The Bridge was meant to help Android developers re-use their code and port their apps to Windows.
Windows 10 to Run Android and iOS Apps
Microsoft today said Windows 10 devices will be able to run Android applications. According to Microsoft, developers will be able to reuse Java and C++ code to run Android apps in an Android subsystem on Windows 10 devices.
Microsoft's Project Rome SDK to Let Android, Windows Play Nice
Microsoft this week released the Project Rome SDK, a tool for developers that will let Android devices control Windows devices and vice versa. Once fully enabled, third-party apps will be able to see Android and Windows devices when they are connected to the internet.
Microsoft Pledges to Clean Up Windows Store
Microsoft said it plans to more effectively enforce rules in the Windows Store in order to rid it of duplicate and questionable apps. The company will focus on four main areas: eliminating app clutter; ensuring apps are appropriately priced; distinguishing informational apps; and ensuring relevant app titles and keywords.