Did a glitch cause a free Windows 8 app to be priced at $999.99?

There are a few Windows 8 apps that have some pretty high prices. However, they tend to be for software that is designed to be used for very specific tasks. In fact, we recently did an interview with the CEO of Pariscribe that has a Windows 8 app in the store made for use in medical offices that's priced at $499.99.

Now it looks like, at least at the time of this writing, there is an app in the Windows Store that has an even higher price. Unfortunately, this appears to be a rather large error on Microsoft's part. The app is called Beautiful Pictures Free, and its purpose is to download the background images from Microsoft's Bing website to a PC.

The developer of the app, Hongsong Li, flat out says in the description on the Windows Store page, "This is Free Version and may contain ads." However, Microsoft currently lists the Windows 8 app in the store for a massive $999.99.

We very much doubt that the developer of this app wanted to charge this kind of price for something called Beautiful Pictures Free. We have contacted Microsoft to see if this is, in fact, an error and if so do they plan on fixing this issue.

Via: WinAppUpdate on Twitter
Source: Windows Store website | Image via Microsoft

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Probably just a failsafe for the error... better for it to accidentally fill the price value with 9s than 0s or crash.

Of course its an error. Why make news out of this? And you actually wasted your time (and Microsoft's) by contacting them to ask if a $999 pictures app is an error? WTF

Like I said , the 999,99 is a glitch, I stand by my reply as why every app should be 1,99.

Sometimes the amount of work for the app is the same building a 'legacy'desktop application, as is for a Metro app.
So suddenly there's the magic 1.99 limit??

again.... silly...

And.... bad Apple..... bad....

Dutchie64 said,
Like I said , the 999,99 is a glitch, I stand by my reply as why every app should be 1,99.

Sometimes the amount of work for the app is the same building a 'legacy'desktop application, as is for a Metro app.
So suddenly there's the magic 1.99 limit??

again.... silly...

And.... bad Apple..... bad....

Apple is only partly to blame. The ease of their App Store to developers of all sizes started a "race to the bottom" where developers are trying to compete on price alone, to the detriment of everyone

Blame the developers for pricing their apps so low. It's their fault the've conditioned people to think that apps should cost $0.99 or free.

So.....

Why should ever 'app' (silly word) be $1.99????

Apple screwed up people price expectations with their store. Desktop software costing hundreds of dollars is fine, but an app of $ 2,99 is outrageously expensive??

Just silly.....

Dutchie64 said,
So.....

Why should ever 'app' (silly word) be $1.99????

Apple screwed up people price expectations with their store. Desktop software costing hundreds of dollars is fine, but an app of $ 2,99 is outrageously expensive??

Just silly.....

What part of "Beautiful Pictures FREE" (emphasis mine) did you not understand?
Also... An app for downloading some pictures? Really? Do you think that price would possibly be justified?

Next time read the article, then rant.

GS:mac

I don't know, did it? or was it the much more likely scenario that the author of the application accidentally increased the price (or purposely to get publicity)?

Is this really news if just one app is like this? Couldn't possibly be user error on the app author's part (or even malicious).

chAos972 said,
Is this really news if just one app is like this? Couldn't possibly be user error on the app author's part (or even malicious).

Exactly. If there was a bug in the store, we would see many apps with this problem. Instead, Microsoft is blamed, no effort is made to try to contact the app developer to ask him what happened, and we need to rush to expose yet another "problem" with Win8.