Bad News For Developers, Microsoft Increases Store Fees For Top Grossing Apps In Windows Store

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Microsoft has recently updated their Windows Store terms regarding Store fees. Developers selling paid apps in Windows Store are entitled to pay 30% of Net Receipts to Microsoft. To attract more developers, Microsoft announced that if an app takes in total Net Receipts of USD$25,000, after which time the percentage is 20% for that App. Microsoft has recently dropped this $25,000 limit, so every developer has to pay 30% of the Net Receipts.

b. Store Fees. The Store Fee you owe to Microsoft for making your Apps and In-App Products available through the Store will be deducted from payments made to you in accordance with this Section 6.

i. For the Windows Store. The Store Fee for Apps made available in the Windows Store is thirty percent (30%) of Net Receipts, unless and until your App takes in total Net Receipts of USD$25,000, after which time the percentage is 20% for that App. The twenty-percent (20%) Store Fee will be in effect until December 31, 2014. Beginning January 1, 2015, the Store Fee for all Apps made available in the Windows Store will be thirty percent (30%) of Net Receipts.

ii. For the Windows Phone Store. The Store Fee for Apps made available in the Windows Phone Store is thirty percent (30%) of Net Receipts, except for transactions subject to the Commerce Expansion Adjustment, for which the Store Fee shall be forty-three and nine-tenths percent (43.9%) of Net Receipts.

Source: Microsoft

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