In-app purchases to be Windows Phone 8 exclusive

MSDN documentation has revealed that a major upcoming feature to the Windows Phone platform - in-app purchases - will be exclusive to Windows Phone 8. Microsoft advises developers that you can only add in-app purchases to Windows Phone 8 applications, indicating that legacy devices updated to Windows Phone 7.8 will not receive this functionality.

This also seems to suggest that the Wallet Hub announced alongside Windows Phone 8 will not make its way to Windows Phone 7.8, as the Wallet Hub will be in control of in-app purchases along with other things such as NFC payments, deals, frequent flyer information and receipts. So far only the new Start screen is confirmed for WP7.8, and it looks like most of the WP8 features will not make it to original Windows Phones.

Microsoft is said to be currently finalizing Windows Phone 8, with a release still slated for this holiday season. Expect announcements of new Windows Phone 8 devices as early as September.

Via: The Verge
Source: MSDN

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Ive owned some sort of iphone (either 3g or i4) since 3g was released and i can honestly say i have never done an in app purchase.

I'm not surprised in-app purchasing probably runs off of a API found in the WinRTP side of things and not in Silverlight/XNA. And since we all know 7.8 isn't going to get the new framework (WinRTP) then you could see this coming.

I'm much rather start hearing more about upcoming WP8 hardware at this point.

GP007 said,
I'm not surprised in-app purchasing probably runs off of a API found in the WinRTP side of things and not in Silverlight/XNA. And since we all know 7.8 isn't going to get the new framework (WinRTP) then you could see this coming.

I'm much rather start hearing more about upcoming WP8 hardware at this point.

Plus there is no point in adding it to 7.8, no one is going to develop for it anymore, it's been abandoned by even Microsoft. Look at the new Mint app which will be WP8 exclusive.

mrp04 said,

Plus there is no point in adding it to 7.8, no one is going to develop for it anymore, it's been abandoned by even Microsoft. Look at the new Mint app which will be WP8 exclusive.

Developers will continue to develop for the platform for a year or so after launch as it would be wp7.8 in hands of more people than wp8 and wp7.8 apps will run on wp8 without any code changes.

GP007 said,
I'm not surprised in-app purchasing probably runs off of a API found in the WinRTP side of things and not in Silverlight/XNA. And since we all know 7.8 isn't going to get the new framework (WinRTP) then you could see this coming.

I'm much rather start hearing more about upcoming WP8 hardware at this point.


Agreed. I would like to know what UX enhancement's 7.8 will be getting outside of the start screen. Adding better support for services like facebook/twitter as well as changing the hubs up a bit isn't too much of an engineering effort. I can see plenty of bullet points showing up for 7.8 that will make 7.8 a decent life boat for those not willing to buy out of a contract to get on a WP8 device.

.Neo said,
Windows Phone 7.8 is turning out to be more and more of a joke.

I know what you mean, its almost like they want you to give them money for a new phone to pay for the new os they've just developed

.Neo said,
Windows Phone 7.8 is turning out to be more and more of a joke.

WP 7.8 was always just going to be the new start screen it people didn't want to believe that. now they really can't deny the mounting evidence to the contrary. This is how MS rolls though so not really surprising.

efjay said,

WP 7.8 was always just going to be the new start screen it people didn't want to believe that. now they really can't deny the mounting evidence to the contrary. This is how MS rolls though so not really surprising.

This cant be seen as anything mounting, it was obvious that the wallet would require the new hardware (the TPM specifically) that will be in all WP8 phones. This means nothing and is not a surprise to anyone with a brain!

efjay said,

WP 7.8 was always just going to be the new start screen it people didn't want to believe that. now they really can't deny the mounting evidence to the contrary. This is how MS rolls though so not really surprising.


Just so we're clear, I can run games I bought in 1995 on Windows 7. So your leaning on their decision to drop support for Windows Mobile (which everybody agreed was a solid idea). They released WP7 in its current form as a stop-gap to get into the phone world. Now they are releasing a unified codebase from Windows Phone/Windows Desktop/Windows Tablet and shutting down Windows Phone 7's codebase.

Your alternative would have been to what? 1) Maintain Windows Mobile till today hoping to god to have something looking like backwards compatiblity. 2) maintain the Windows Phone 7 Codebase going forward. 3) engineering a massive amount of support within the Windows 8 (Desktop/Phone) Codebase to include the current windows phone devices?

1) is a no go w/o any question. There was no way to keep those phones like the BlackJack in play with the new touchscreens of today, and to engineer for the very few phones that are kinda in the same ballpark would have been massive.

2) Maintain two codebases that would negate the write once run on all Windows devices? No WinRT on phones? Continue on a stop gap codebase?

3) Build special drivers and code to support a tiny amount of phones on the market... MANY of which are already a year or two old that would most likely be discarded for new tech?

The *only* people really losing out are those who have been buying in the past 6 months. Those people are running on fantastic platforms (the Lumina is a site to behold in many respects). We still don't know what UX enhancements 7.8 will bring outside of the start screen and I'd guess there will be plenty more that are simply presentation layer and service integration that will exist because they require very little engineering.

In general though, this was the path MS was going to have to take no matter what. Its unfortunate, but if they had waited until *now* to release Windows Phone at all, they definitely would be in serious trouble.

MrHumpty said,

Just so we're clear, I can run games I bought in 1995 on Windows 7. So your leaning on their decision to drop support for Windows Mobile (which everybody agreed was a solid idea). They released WP7 in its current form as a stop-gap to get into the phone world. Now they are releasing a unified codebase from Windows Phone/Windows Desktop/Windows Tablet and shutting down Windows Phone 7's codebase.

Your alternative would have been to what? 1) Maintain Windows Mobile till today hoping to god to have something looking like backwards compatiblity. 2) maintain the Windows Phone 7 Codebase going forward. 3) engineering a massive amount of support within the Windows 8 (Desktop/Phone) Codebase to include the current windows phone devices?

1) is a no go w/o any question. There was no way to keep those phones like the BlackJack in play with the new touchscreens of today, and to engineer for the very few phones that are kinda in the same ballpark would have been massive.

2) Maintain two codebases that would negate the write once run on all Windows devices? No WinRT on phones? Continue on a stop gap codebase?

3) Build special drivers and code to support a tiny amount of phones on the market... MANY of which are already a year or two old that would most likely be discarded for new tech?

The *only* people really losing out are those who have been buying in the past 6 months. Those people are running on fantastic platforms (the Lumina is a site to behold in many respects). We still don't know what UX enhancements 7.8 will bring outside of the start screen and I'd guess there will be plenty more that are simply presentation layer and service integration that will exist because they require very little engineering.

In general though, this was the path MS was going to have to take no matter what. Its unfortunate, but if they had waited until *now* to release Windows Phone at all, they definitely would be in serious trouble.

Que? They're not shutting down "Windows Phone 7's codebase". All WP7 apps will be compatible on WP8; just like many 1990s 32 bit apps are compatible with current day Windows 7.