This is kind of crazy…but unfortunately seems to be official so Microsoft must have a good reason right? Here’s the deal: Developers who are currently selling applications through the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace will receive their first payout in February 2011. That’s right folks, 5 months after the initial release of WP7! What’s even more messed up is the current lack of analytics system to track the number of sales and applications downloads. Developers have to find a way to track all this info themselves via the use of stuff like PreEmptive’s framework or build their own tracking system into their app. Some developers are looking at their own server logs (if their apps connects through their server) to guesstimate the number of users using the application while others who have implemented ads are looking the number of impressions in hopes to know if their software is successful. The offical analitycs tools will only be availale in January 2011 (the Windows Mobile 6.X Marketplace already had this feature btw…).
Things are looking more a more rushed out and totally unprofessional IMO. Microsoft was on many developers back pressuring them to submit their applications before the launch just to get as much apps as possible in the Marketplace but apparently doesn’t seems to care much about the developers after all (or even the quality of the applications given the vast majority of shovel-ware currently in there). Quality over Quantity, right? Well it looks like the other way around now.
BTW: I’ve sent the W-8 IRS form more than 4 months (!) ago but :