Microsoft Offering Cash for Windows Apps

Is Microsoft’s newest attempt to sway app developers towards their platform a little desperate or a little bit genius? The company is offering cold, hard cash — $100, to be specific — to developers who publish applications to either the Windows Store or Windows Phone Store by June 30th. That’s $100 per app, so developers can potentially earn $2,000 by submitting ten apps to each store.

The terms and conditions state that cloned variations of existing apps don’t qualify, neither do apps that do nothing more than launch a web page. The offer is limited to the first 10,000 qualified entries. That works out to a $1 million investment on the part of Microsoft.

Microsoft has never been very forthcoming with app numbers, but obviously they need those numbers to be higher than they currently are. Hopefully we won’t see a slew of rushed, uninspired applications. Do you guys think this will work? While you’re thinking it over, I’ll be over at my idea board, brainstorming.

via The Verge

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