Microsoft Announces Early Payouts For Windows Phone 7 Developers

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If there’s one thing most people don’t mind, it’s receiving money, and thanks to a move on Microsoft’s part, Windows Phone 7 developers should be able to do that sooner than planned.  Microsoft’s moved up the dates for its first app- and game-related payouts.

Todd Brix explained on the Windows Phone Developer Blog late last week, “Back in October I shared that developer payouts for app and game sales would begin in February.  We are pleased to now announce that the first payouts for Windows Phone 7 sales will be made in the 4th week of January 2011.”

Brix then continued, “This payout will include payment for all sales of Windows Phone 7 apps and games that occurred after the phones became available in October 2010 through the end of December 2010.  After January 2011, developer payouts will be processed on a monthly basis for all combined sales of Windows Phone 6.x and Windows Phone 7 apps for those developers who meet the minimum payout threshold limits.”

Not bad, right?  Granted, developers who work on this stuff full-time might prefer the equivalent of a weekly paycheck, but in those cases, the early payout should be even more appreciated.

Perhaps Microsoft will win over a few Android and iOS developers with this gesture.  It’s sure to create a little goodwill within the existing Windows Phone 7 developer community, at least.

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