Are paid apps now showing up in the RTM Windows Store?

When Windows 8 reached its final RTM stage earlier this week, Microsoft also announced that paid Windows 8 apps could also start being submitted to the Windows Store certification process. However, when Microsoft made that announcement, it also said " ... to upload apps to the Store, you’ll need an RTM build of Windows 8." Officially, that build is supposed to be released to MSDN subscribers starting on August 15th.

Now a new report from The Next Web claims that a few paid apps have already found their way to the Windows Store, including titles like Sudoku, Baby Soothers, Feed Reader, Growth Tracker and Flashcards. We have been unable to independently verify this claim. However, it seems that these paid apps are only appearing for people who have the RTM build of Windows 8. A leaked Enterprise SKU of Windows 8 found its way on pirate download sites one day after Windows 8 reached the RTM stage.

We contacted Microsoft for comment and their spokesperson sent back links to the previous Microsoft Windows Store blog information about paid apps. The company did confirm that no paid apps will appear for people who are still using the Release Preview version of Windows 8. It remains unclear if these new paid apps that may be available in the RTM version were allowed to get early access to the Windows Store by Microsoft.

Source: The Next Web

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I seem to remember a whole boatload of statements about wp7 apps working in win8 a good while back. Anyone heard any updates?

blackjezuz said,
I seem to remember a whole boatload of statements about wp7 apps working in win8 a good while back. Anyone heard any updates?

I think you mean wp7 apps working in wp8, which is true, as for having them working on Windows 8 it's doable but devs have a bit of porting to do, or maybe more like changing a few lines here and there? Either way some work is needed.

blackjezuz said,
I seem to remember a whole boatload of statements about wp7 apps working in win8 a good while back. Anyone heard any updates?

I'm afraid you heard wrong. The only similiarity, and then only in passing, is the possibility of doing Metro apps in XAML and C#. The underlying framework is different (WinRT vs Silverlight) and so on and so forth.

jasonon said,
the app store is pretty weak right now

Still, I'm glad that some free apps and games that I actually liked are back AccuWeather is back - it's the one free WinRT app I held onto). Also, the champion timewaster of yore - Minesweeper - is back as well (after a nearly fifteen year vacation). I'm waiting for PinballFX2 to return still.

PGHammer said,

Still, I'm glad that some free apps and games that I actually liked are back AccuWeather is back - it's the one free WinRT app I held onto). Also, the champion timewaster of yore - Minesweeper - is back as well (after a nearly fifteen year vacation). I'm waiting for PinballFX2 to return still.

There was a new minesweeper in Vista.

jasonon said,
the app store is pretty weak right now

Not really surprising considering that wide availability of Windows 8 for consumers is still more than two months out, AND the store isn't opening for developers until now (and then, only the big "corporate developers" until August 15th)

They have been allowed since 1 August (according to several Windows 8-related Microsoft blogs) - but only RTM builds are seeing them. The very reason that these early apps are largely *meh* is because there's no wide availability of RTM Windows 8; leaks don't count.

They are appearing only in the RTM store because Microsoft has different Stores based on the Store client version and Windows build. Release Preview client version is 552 so it loads 552/30 (8400-0) version and RTM store should load 615/14 (9200-1) according to my findings.

All listed apps are appearing in the RTM Store
Sudoku - $4,99 - https://services.apps.microsof.../1/s/0/2/pn/0?phrase=Sudoku
Baby Soothers - $2,49 - https://services.apps.microsof...pn/0?phrase=Baby%20Soothers
Feed Reader - $2,99 - https://services.apps.microsof...2/pn/0?phrase=Feed%20Reader
Growth Tracker - $1,99 - https://services.apps.microsof...n/0?phrase=Growth%20Tracker
Flashcards - $2,99 - https://services.apps.microsof.../0/2/pn/0?phrase=Flashcards

There is also one more paid app called Oscar's Adventures ($1,49) that is according to it's XML (https://services.apps.microsof...5914-43cd-9c86-c2362056c066) an app for kids.

Danijel said,
They are appearing only in the RTM store because Microsoft has different Stores based on the Store client version and Windows build. Release Preview client version is 552 so it loads 552/30 (8400-0) version and RTM store should load 615/14 (9200-1) according to my findings.

All listed apps are appearing in the RTM Store
Sudoku - $4,99 - https://services.apps.microsof.../1/s/0/2/pn/0?phrase=Sudoku
Baby Soothers - $2,49 - https://services.apps.microsof...pn/0?phrase=Baby%20Soothers
Feed Reader - $2,99 - https://services.apps.microsof...2/pn/0?phrase=Feed%20Reader
Growth Tracker - $1,99 - https://services.apps.microsof...n/0?phrase=Growth%20Tracker
Flashcards - $2,99 - https://services.apps.microsof.../0/2/pn/0?phrase=Flashcards

There is also one more paid app called Oscar's Adventures ($1,49) that is according to it's XML (https://services.apps.microsof...5914-43cd-9c86-c2362056c066) an app for kids.

Yay they are cheaper in India by 15-20%

I am Reid said,
yes, they are there I already looked

Wow - this is excellent news - more ways to give Microsoft more of my money!

You ask the question in the title and can not see about an answer? If you didn't see them then the answer is no.

If they are there, then I'm sure Microsoft would take them down since there is no legal way of posting them now.

Having said that, nice to see developers being able to use the RTM earlier.