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General Discussion

Ben Jakuben
STAFF
Ben Jakuben
Treehouse Teacher

Windows 8/Windows Phone Cash for Apps

Microsoft is offering developers $200 per app published between now and June 30th. Apparently they want to improve their app market, bump up their numbers, and get developers skilled up and interested in their tools.

I played around with Windows Phone apps a while back and it was a really positive developer experience. I recommend checking it out if you're at all interested because you can try it out for free. I found it very easy to pick up with my experience with mobile and C#.

What do you all think about this offer? Is it desperate or Smart?

5 Answers

Adam Soucie
PLUS
Adam Soucie
Courses Plus Student 8,710 Points

Based on the terms and conditions, this won't be as easy as it sounds on the initial page. http://build.windowsstore.com/keepthecash/termsandconditions

Ben Jakuben
STAFF
Ben Jakuben
Treehouse Teacher

Haha - that is a lot of work! Adding up the hours to write it and the hours to conform to those standards, it's probably much less than you could get elsewhere. :)

Still, it's not bad if you're already going to do it or want to learn Windows Phone apps.

Definitely gives you incentive. It's tough to tell when a platform provides this kind of incentive, what kind of quality apps they get in return.

Not a good enough offer for me!

I was reading the app certification requirements and I really liked this one. It gave me a little chuckle

3.2 Your app must not stop responding, end unexpectedly, or contain programming errors

That's a silly requirement and most apps are going to due that at some point, the better ones not as often or not as all, but I find that hard that they have any way of actually enforcing that. Especially the "contains programming errors part"