Microsoft reveals mobile app store plans

Microsoft today announced new details about how developers can build and sell applications for Windows phones through its Windows Marketplace for Mobile.

Microsoft unveiled the application marketplace available with the Windows Mobile 6.5 operating system at last months World Mobile Congress in Barcelona.

The software giant says it will charge a registration fee for developers a $99 a year. Included in this $99 is the ability to submit up to 5 applications to the Windows Marketplace for Mobile. If you wish to submit additional applications then there is a charge of $99 per application.

According to Cnet the software maker pledged that it will also offer developers "complete transparency throughout the application submission process" as well as direct feedback.

Developers who wish to charge for their applications will keep 70% of the profits. Apple also gives 70% to developers and Blackberry maker Research In Motion will be giving 80% back in their store.

The mobile app store is set to debut later this year when Windows Mobile 6.5 handsets are officially available.

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