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Is Microsoft Planning 30% Cut for Windows 8 Metro Apps?

Software giant Microsoft, like rival Apple, plans to charge 30 percent cut from revenue generated by developers by selling apps for Windows 8.

The company said during the BUILD developer conference, where it unveiled the Windows 8 platform that it plans to offer Metro apps from Windows Store only, in order to offer secure and appropriate apps to users.

It seems like Microsoft is not only copying Apple’s 30 percent revenue model, it also plans to enforce rules regarding what kind of apps surface on Windows 8, something which Apple is notoriously famous for in the iOS ecosystem.

Microsoft also revealed that users of ARM based Windows 8 tablet won’t be able to run x86 based applications for Windows 7 on the device. Instead, when users upgrade to Windows 8 on x86 machines will be able to run the Metro UI and the new breed of apps that come with it.

“We’ve been very clear since the very first CES demos and forward that the ARM product won’t run any x86 applications,” Windows president Steven Sinoksfy said during BUILD, Slashgear (opens in new tab)reports.

“We’ve done a bunch of work to enable that - enable a great experience there, particularly around devices and device drivers. We built a great deal of what we call class drivers, with the ability to run all sorts of printers and peripherals out of the box with the ARM version,” he added.

Ravi Mandalia

Ravi Mandalla was ITProPortal's Sub Editor (and a contributing writer) for two years from 2011. Based in Ahmedabad, India, Ravi is now the owner and founder of Parity Media Pvt. Ltd., a news and media company, which specializes in online publishing, technology news and analysis, reviews, web site traffic growth, web site UI. Ravi lists his specialist subjects as: Enterprise, IT, Technology, Gadgets, Business, High Net Worth Individuals, Online Publishing, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, News, Reviews, Audio, Video, and Multi-Media. He has also previously worked as Dy. Manager - IT Security at (n)Code Solutions.