Microsoft has decided to give developers of free apps for its Windows Phone 7 mobile operating system a hand. Up until now, as a developer for Windows Phone 7, you could only submit a maximum of five free apps to the WP7 Marketplace for free. After you submitted five free apps, you’d have to pay $20 as a submission charge for each subsequent app – even if you didn’t plan on charging for it.
The creation of this limit had some good reasoning behind it. It was supposed to prevent the rapid appearance of dozens of very low quality free apps in the Marketplace, as well as ‘clone’ apps. Both of these categories are seen in the Android Market quite a lot.
But respectable developers were not happy about the 5 free apps limit, regardless of why it was there. So Microsoft finally decided to do something about this, and it has upped the limit to a very cool 100. This should prove more than enough for any free app developer.
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