Microsoft opens WP7 app submission for all

Windows Phone 7 has been available in many markets around the world already, and, 4 days ahead of the US launch of the platform, Microsoft has finally opened the gates of the App Submission to the market to all.

Previously, the market has only been available to those that were granted early access, and if you tried to submit an app, you'd only be offered the option to submit it for Windows Mobile. Today, Microsoft has opened up the marketplace submission process for anyone with a paying account (or those with a student account, via dreamspark). With the opening of this, it's also possible to submit Xbox Live Marketplace games under the single fee, which will please many developers.

Microsoft says that once the application has been submitted, it'll take 3-5 business days for the app to be vetted and certified, at which point it will be published. The marketplace now has over 1000 applications, only two weeks after launch. With the opening of the US store, there should be a slew of new applications for eager Windows Phone 7 users to try.

The "App Hub" is where developers should submit their applications, and requires a $99 registration fee, though this is waivered for the first year if enrolled as a student. More information can be found here. The announcement in it's entireity can be seen below.

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Unfortunately opens to all excludes about every other country except 30 fortunate first world countries. It always amazes me how South Africa falls under this third world category when Microsoft is involved. We can host a successful world cup but aparently not capable of contributing to the MS cloud space. App Hub and Azure is blocked for us.

eSite said,
Unfortunately opens to all excludes about every other country except 30 fortunate first world countries. It always amazes me how South Africa falls under this third world category when Microsoft is involved. We can host a successful world cup but aparently not capable of contributing to the MS cloud space. App Hub and Azure is blocked for us.

As far as I know, South Africa is not considered a developed country, but a developing country. Being able to host a world cup has been done by developing countries, like Mexico, Argentina and Brazil (which will host the next one), and is a tremendous effort that usually does not pay out after it took place (the costs of building stadiums and stuff is never recouped through tangible benefits to the countries' societies).

martinDTanderson said,
Our free London Travel app was submitted yesterday, and is now up on the marketplace today!

And I downloaded it a few hours ago Certainly one of the better made, if not the best Travel/Underground apps on there! Amazed it went so fast for you though o___O My apps & updates keep taking between 3-7 days for anything to get done

martinDTanderson said,
Our free London Travel app was submitted yesterday, and is now up on the marketplace today!

Fantastic!

This is hugely exciting. I have an app just passed and one in submission. It's been fun (although a little restricted but understandably) to work on this platform. I cant wait to see what other people have created and that the community for this grows. Fingers crossed.

cornishflipper said,
This is hugely exciting. I have an app just passed and one in submission. It's been fun (although a little restricted but understandably) to work on this platform. I cant wait to see what other people have created and that the community for this grows. Fingers crossed.

What's the app? I'll try it out

cornishflipper said,

The other passed.

One is called 'Public Holidays' and the other is called 'GPS Alarm'.

Thanks!


GPS Alarm sounds interesting, I can't see it online though :-/

Owen W said,

What's the app? I'll try it out

If you are looking for apps to try out, search "Seles Games", we've got 8 apps in the marketplace right now, all with free trial modes so you can see if you like it first!

Sorry I don't understand something. So, they mean the submission is open for every one in the specified countries (ex. USA). Or to all countries world wide?

deep1234 said,
Sorry I don't understand something. So, they mean the submission is open for every one in the specified countries (ex. USA). Or to all countries world wide?

Previously app submission was limited to invite only. Now, everyone can submit their apps. :]

Edited by ~Johnny, Nov 4 2010, 9:30pm :

nice, looking forward to more app's for my samsung Omnia 7 - and a better fb app with some local caching plz.....

duddit2 said,
nice, looking forward to more app's for my samsung Omnia 7 - and a better fb app with some local caching plz.....

Ya i saw that with the fb app... I am pretty sure facebook and microsoft will solve that soon enough

duddit2 said,
nice, looking forward to more app's for my samsung Omnia 7 - and a better fb app with some local caching plz.....

Isn't the FB app that's up there now the official one?

GP007 said,

Isn't the FB app that's up there now the official one?

Yep - well it's actually made by an external contractor for them, "Clarity Consulting". Microsoft go to them for a lot of Facebook work, and they also made the Facebook Developers Toolkit (for .NET programmers). Not too many people were happy with how that turned out, they're not exactly "the best" as it were. And as such, the app itself is not the best, and can certainly do with a lot of work & polishing, especially in regards to performance.

~Johnny said,

Yep - well it's actually made by an external contractor for them, "Clarity Consulting". Microsoft go to them for a lot of Facebook work, and they also made the Facebook Developers Toolkit (for .NET programmers). Not too many people were happy with how that turned out, they're not exactly "the best" as it were. And as such, the app itself is not the best, and can certainly do with a lot of work & polishing, especially in regards to performance.


Least it's not as bad as "messenger by miyowa" or whatever it is. Awful!

Owen W said,

Least it's not as bad as "messenger by miyowa" or whatever it is. Awful!

Miyowa made a Messenger client for Windows Mobile 6.5 and below, they worked really closely with Microsoft to get the application made and fulfilled all of the requirements MS told them to add.

Omen1393 said,

Miyowa made a Messenger client for Windows Mobile 6.5 and below, they worked really closely with Microsoft to get the application made and fulfilled all of the requirements MS told them to add.

Does it actually work? I can't sign in with the messenger app.

Owen W said,

Least it's not as bad as "messenger by miyowa" or whatever it is. Awful!

I'm not even wasting my time with that, all the reviews say its awful and it doesnt run in the background, and crashes some phones, and when it runs its a dog, and its ugly, and.....well and MS should have a messenger client of their own built right in - but I can wait, not too long though!!