Windows 8 Store Will Offer Free Seven Day Trials For Paid Apps

Microsoft has released the details on how they plan to run the apps released through the new App Store coming with Windows 8. We have known about the store for a long time, but this is the first time we've heard about the inner workings of the apps, like the cut Microsoft plans to take.

First and foremost, all paid apps will cost at least $US1.49 as opposed to the $US0.99 other platforms allow. And most importantly for consumers, Microsoft plans to implement a seven-day "try before you buy" setup with apps that will let you opt-out of the full purchase if you don't like it.

Microsoft seems to also want to provide app developers with an incentive to churn out apps for its platform. Although they are sticking with the same 30 per cent royalty cut that Apple takes, Microsoft's new store will only take 20 per cent once your app earns $US25,000 in sales. [MSDN Blog via The Next Web]


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    "Although they are sticking with the same 30 per cent royalty cut that Apple takes, Microsoft’s new store will only take 20 per cent once your app earns $US25,000 in sales."

    It would make more sense to me if it was the other way around.

    Although I am not convinced Win 8 will be any better than other attempts MS has made to join in to the moderm mobile world, I've always thought Apple were idiots for not offering a try before you buy service like MS is touting.. they wouldn't make as much profit, but they'd have less bitching about crappy apps

    android used to have a 1hr refund policy - I bought a lot more apps then than I do now its only 15mins.

    I cringe everytime I buy an iPad app because I can't try it first. so I've barely bought any apple apps.

    Microsoft has a good idea here with 7 days! although, I'd say a day would b enough. perhaps 1 day for cheap apps, and a week for expensive apps?

    Practically every app on the WP7 store has a "try" option, right next to the "buy" button. I've never hit "buy" first unless I've tried an app on another handset, and I've definitely spent more money as a result of trying apps that I would not otherwise have taken a chance on.

    Having standardised terms for "trial mode" is a great idea. Currently some apps have gimped features; or different trial periods; or whatever. If it's known that every app has a 7-day full-function trial period, you at least know that the experience of using the app for that week reflects the final product, and make your decision accordingly.

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