Microsoft set to pay out more cash to bring developers to Windows Phone

Microsoft set to pay out more cash to bring developers to Windows Phone
This isn't the first time that we've written a story about Microsoft offering cash to attract developers to the Windows Phone platform, and there is a fair chance that this won't be the last time either. Microsoft knows that more developers and a better app ecosystem is absolutely key to making sure the growth that Windows Phone has seen doesn't disappear. So, Microsoft is getting ready to pay more developers to bring apps to Windows Phone.

Microsoft already has a program in place where it will give developers $100 for each app that is published in the Windows Phone Store by the end of June with a limit of $2,000 per developer. But, word has it that Microsoft is setting aside much bigger piles of cash in an effort to attract bigger name app developers, and could end up paying out as much as $100,000 to some app developers to get them to bring apps to WP8. 

Of course, Microsoft is no stranger to paying big sums for partnerships, since it is currently paying Nokia about $1 billion per year to be the de facto flagship handset maker for the platform. Given that number, paying out $100,000 to a few developers doesn't seem like much at all. 

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27 Comments

1. meyy91

Posts: 7; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

Sorry Microsoft.. No need of your cash.. :P :D

7. abcdefgh

Posts: 471; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

not funny at all.dumb comment of day goes to you.

9. UrbanPhantom

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

Microsoft paying developers to produce apps is less lame than Samsung paying people to post fake negative online reviews and comments about Microsoft and Nokia products and services...

2. abcdefgh

Posts: 471; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

windows phone FTW

3. papss unregistered

I love that they truly are trying.. That alone makes me feel good as a WP8 owner.

4. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

i love wp but the lack of apps is killing me !!!!

5. abcdefgh

Posts: 471; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

this is best part of wp.solid support from microsoft

6. sniper1087

Posts: 537; Member since: Dec 31, 2011

What happened with the HTC 8X supposedly Microsoft flagship ADN signatura device

8. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

time to learn wp8 app development alredy learnt the android at office

10. abcdefgh

Posts: 471; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

hey,can u tell how to learn to make android apps?

14. vandroid

Posts: 405; Member since: Sep 04, 2012

There's tutorials all over the internet, Google had some onhttps://developers.google.com/

23. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

sure i leanred it in less then 3 weeks although i had knowledge about C and things likes those and all i needed was on the google and android developer tutorials

24. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

here you go all u need to learn here http://developer.android.com/guide/components/index.html and to download tools check herehttp://developer.android.com/tools/help/index.html or install eclipse from net its total free developer suit and it can get all plugIns you need you just have to select from eclipse store if you want to have quick start http://developer.android.com/training/basics/firstapp/index.html

11. abcdefgh

Posts: 471; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

actually only wp has potential to make long and hard impact in smarphone os.

12. flynfree

Posts: 374; Member since: Jun 09, 2013

Good news! So long WP! :-)

13. kozza3

Posts: 776; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

i wish microsoft the best of luck with windows phone platform, its always been very interesting to me but like everyone else the lack of apps drove me away

19. UrbanPhantom

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

Kozza3, why don't you list the critical apps WP8 is missing which you say have driven "everyone" away. Please prove that you are more than just a paid shill working for Samsung/Apple...

15. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Paying developers has been both bane and boon for MSFT and BlackBerry. More apps have been created, but far too many poor quality apps, because of front-end incentives, have been added to the ecosystems.

16. krimHD

Posts: 106; Member since: May 23, 2012

good to see microsoft is doing something to increase the number of apps in their store.. bring in the windows phone blue and game on!!!

17. snowgator

Posts: 3614; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

In this case, those eggs really may need to come before the chicken. WP is growing, but for true profitable levels to get hit, MS needs this.

18. Edmund

Posts: 656; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

What developers face on android: Galaxy Y 240 x 320 Galaxy young 320 x 480 Galaxy Ace 2 480 x 800 Galaxy s4 mini 540 x 960 Galaxy s3 720 x 1280 Galaxy s4 1080 x 1920 Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 600 x 1024 Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 800 x 1280 (n.b Nexus 7 is set for release soon, again with new specifications - 1920 x 1080 or 1920 x 1200 ??? No doubt Samsung will need to follow suit) Remember, this is only one product line and developers also need to account for the different types of processors and GPU's.

20. UrbanPhantom

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

Android is a mess, and badly fragmented, which probably accounts for why Samsung is trying to ditch it, and replace the OS with Tizen...

22. kamejoko

Posts: 248; Member since: Nov 10, 2011

Go to and learn how to design with auto size on android. Android doesn't fixed size like ios... learn before CM. Boy!

26. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

and s**t is the apps normally dont auto scale we have to tweek the application

21. Trex95

Posts: 2315; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

WP getting better and better everyday but still they need to improve there apps specially 3D intensive games. I think they can do it already has a lot of monies.

25. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

How much profit are developers making at Google? Most of their apps are made free there, But when they move to WP, they charge. Someone must be paying them something developing for Google. I see this argument all the time at WP store.

27. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 910; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

This is what they always do. Throw money at the problem and do something good. Once they have a large enough market share they screw the customer. Windows, Xbox One, etc..

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