Microsoft slow to pay out to Windows Phone app contest winners

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All the way back in November 2011 Microsoft announced a contest meant to stimulate the Windows Phone 7 app market in India.

The bar to win a Windows Phone was pretty low:

  • “SUBMIT & RECEIVE” CATEGORY: A registered participant submits THREE qualified Windows Phone Application in the Marketplace and gets a chance to receive a Windows Phone. In this category, the Applications must be distinct and of non-trivial utility value for the Application User. A “Spam” or close replicas of existing Windows Phone Applications are disqualified.
  • “PORT 2 APPS & RECEIVE” CATEGORY: A registered participant submitting TWO qualified Windows Phone Applications in the Marketplace which are ported from existing Android or iPhone Applications get to receive a Windows Phone.
  • “WOMEN SPECIAL” CATEGORY: A first of its kind in the developer space, the first 100 registered Woman Developers who submit ONE (1) qualified Windows Phone Application each in the Marketplace qualify to receive a Windows Phone each. The applications can be based on Entertainment, Fashion, Leisure, Sports, Recreation or Travel themes.

The contest ended on March 30, 2012, and since then according to our tipster Microsoft has been very slow at paying out to the winners, apparently delivering a stream of excuses instead.

With apps being the life blood of the smartphone market at present (with Blackberry for example offering $10,000 to those who will write an app for their platform) the least Microsoft could do is deliver what they promised to developers who support their platform.

Have any of our readers been involved in the contest? Let us know your experience below.

Thanks Kunal for the tip.

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