Microsoft: No Porn In Windows Phone 7 Marketplace

There are a lot of things to be excited about in Windows Phone 7. Pornography - or anything "sexually suggestive" - won't be among them. In a pre-emptive strike against in-app boobs, Microsoft's application certification requirements mandate squeaky clean content.

In many ways it's a smart move for Microsoft, especially in light of the backlash that hit Apple for retroactively banishing mature content from the App Store. The explicit language forbidding explicit content:

"Images that are sexually suggestive or provocative, Content that generally falls under the category of pornography, or Content that a reasonable person would consider to be adult or borderline adult content."

Other, non-titillating tidbits that have emerged about the Marketplace: developers will have to pay the same $US99 membership fee they do with Apple - for the same 70/30 revenue split - allowing them to submit unlimited paid apps and up to five free ones. Additional free apps will cost $US20.

Sorry, pornography apps. You were too beautiful sexually suggestive for this world. [Ars Technica]

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