Microsoft offers Windows 8 Metro app pricing details

Windows 8 has the Windows Store feature which will allow app developers to submit and sell Metro-style apps directly to Windows 8 device owners. At the moment, all of the apps in the Consumer and Release Preview versions of Windows 8 have been free to download. When Windows 8 officially launches on October 26th, Microsoft will allow Metro app makers to charge money for their apps.

Today, in a post on the official Windows Store blog, Microsoft offered some more details on what Windows 8 app makers can expect when the final version of the store front is launched. App makers can charge between $1.49 and $999.99 for their apps. The blog states:

Price tiers ensure that an equivalent price is selected for selling your app in any currency supported by the Store. The local pricing is derived by foreign exchange rates and rounded to provide the appropriate precision for the standards of a given currency.

App makers must submit tax information for any paid Windows 8 Metro app submission, along with a valid bank account that can be used to send money to the app creators after it goes live on the Windows Store. Payments are made on a monthly basis. Microsoft takes 30 percent of the app's revenues until they reach $25,000. After that level is reached, Microsoft's take goes down to 20 percent.

App developers can also offer a free trial version of their software, with the ability to get the full paid version later. Microsoft states, "On the Windows Phone, we have seen apps with trials bring up to 5 times the revenue of apps without trials." App makers can also put in in-app monetary options, or they can make the app free but run ads inside the app. App creators can also put in their own billing system if they don't wish to deal with the Windows Store system.

Source: Windows Store blog | Image via Microsoft

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One questions about this, what about 0$, or in other words Freeware? Apart from freeware-community-projects, if you sell something for money, you be a commercial salesman (taxes, tax office, ...).
And on comment, this unicorn chapter of the blog post reminds me of Zynga Facebook games, somehow.

AWilliams87 said,
Amazing how much MS went out it's way to copy the iOS infrastructure.

Yup, that whole 'selling stuff via a central hub' thingy, thanks apple /s

Its retail, but digital. There's not many other ways to do it.

AWilliams87 said,
Amazing how much MS went out it's way to copy the iOS infrastructure.

Good thing Microsoft saw what Apple did wrong, learned, and did it better - and didn't copy everything flaws and all.

Example? Trials. No need for stupid "lite" versions of apps clogging up the app store.

AWilliams87 said,
Amazing how much MS went out it's way to copy the iOS infrastructure.

amazing how much apple went out of its way to copy the tablet pc.

AWilliams87 said,
Amazing how much MS went out it's way to copy the iOS infrastructure.

It's actually Apple who copied the App store concept from Microsoft Look up Xbox Live Arcade and Indie marketplace.

AWilliams87 said,
Amazing how much MS went out it's way to copy the iOS infrastructure.

Amazing how iSheep think Apple invented everything first..

I was hoping for a lower lowest price to be honest. $1.49 is a bit much. The apps sold at $0.69 on the Apple App Store seem to get a lot of sales.

TCLN Ryster said,
I was hoping for a lower lowest price to be honest. $1.49 is a bit much. The apps sold at $0.69 on the Apple App Store seem to get a lot of sales.

ye i think they need to at least make it hit the magic sub $1 value

TCLN Ryster said,
I was hoping for a lower lowest price to be honest. $1.49 is a bit much. The apps sold at $0.69 on the Apple App Store seem to get a lot of sales.

I think that's gonna clean out some of the crap. Especially since you can get a trial of the software, you will know the value of what you're purchasing. People buy 99 cent apps because they're 99 cents. With Windows 8, you can trial a 2.99 app, decide it's worth 2.99 and then buy it. Whereas on other platforms, you pay your $.99 and if you don't like it, tough cookies.

siah1214 said,

I think that's gonna clean out some of the crap. Especially since you can get a trial of the software, you will know the value of what you're purchasing. People buy 99 cent apps because they're 99 cents. With Windows 8, you can trial a 2.99 app, decide it's worth 2.99 and then buy it. Whereas on other platforms, you pay your $.99 and if you don't like it, tough cookies.

I'm more worried about sales though. At the moment on the iPad, EA does frequent sales of their games. Some of them good and some of them bad, but if the truth be told... I wouldn't have picked up half of them were it not for their £0.69 sale price.