In App Purchasing not coming to Mango after all

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Beards and Beaks launched with an in-app purchasing system using Microsoft points to buy levels, giving hope to developers that this will be extended to 3rd party games and apps.

Todd Brix has now poured cold water on this suggestion, commenting on the Windows team Blog that this feature, while desired, will not make it to Mango.

While a much wanted featured, it is no real surprise it did not make it to Windows Phone 7.  In App Purchasing is currently subject to a patent held by Lodsys, who is currently litigating against high profile developers using it on the iPhone platform.  We expect there is still a lot of negotiation and licensing which needs to take place before this feature could be rolled out to regular developers.