Microsoft backs down on Marketplace update charges

marketplace2As predicted, today’s Marketplace good news is that Microsoft would back down from their $99 update charge to Marketplace apps.

CNET’s Tom Krazit reports that in a major reversal now all updates or version upgrades for applications that have already been submitted to the store will be accepted free of charge. This applies to minor bug fixes as well as second-generation releases that add new features or capabilities.

Microsoft still plans to charge developers $99 a year, plus $99 per application, to submit applications to Windows Marketplace for Mobile.

On the second point of contention, we can report that Microsoft has still not decided internally whether Marketplace will eventually come to Windows Mobile 6.1 or not.

Read more about the $99 charge at CNET here.

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