Microsoft has announced that it will be taking a 30 per cent cut of all sales in the Windows 8 app store - though this will drop to 20 per cent once the application makes over $25,000.
As well as taking its cut, the software giant stated that it would require $49 from independent developers to register for the app store in the first place. Software development firms, on the other hand, would have the more expensive registration fee of $99.
With Apple having run its own application distribution platform for several years now and the Android marketplace having some ten billion app downloads, Microsoft is coming a little late to the party. To tempt developers to include them in any future app creations, the Windows maker did remind everyone that some 1.25 billion people use the operating system. That said, this doesn't take into consideration those that will not be upgrading to Windows 8 straight away - which is likely quite a few of them.
Microsoft blogged that the app store would be available for the first time when the beta for the next generation Windows OS was released. It was also keen to put out there that this app store would be quite transparent, with every developer being furnished with an "App Certification Kit" as part of the SDK. This allows for developers to understand what's expected of applications and what they need to do to be accepted. The blog also said that if apps were rejected, Microsoft would provide feedback so that developers could quickly and easily make any changes necessary to be accepted.
This last segment seems to be a veiled dig at Apple, which has a history of banning applications for undisclosed reasons.