Windows Phone 7 developers newsletter: Payouts starting today and updates coming soon

Microsoft has just sent out a mail to all registered Windows Phone 7 developers a few minutes ago detailing some of the upcoming changes and updates to the platform. Payouts have finally started and developers have apparently already received money on their bank accounts a few days ago. Microsoft also reiterated the fact that the platform is going to receive updates in the coming months but didn’t really detail anything beyond copy/past and faster app loading. Hopefully the company is also planning on securing the Marketplace…:

First Windows Phone 7 Developer Payouts Processed
We are very happy to announce that all developer payouts have been processed this month as promised on December 9. If you haven’t received your payments yet, make sure you provided us with your bank and tax information. Please note that developer payouts will only be processed for those who reached the U.S. $200 payout threshold. More information on payouts eligibility can be found here.

Windows Phone 7 Improvements Coming Soon
2010 was a very exciting year for the Windows Phone business. We introduced Windows Phone 7 in different markets across North America, Europe, and Asia, and the feedback from users has been very positive. As of today, over 2 million Windows Phone 7 licenses have been sold to OEMs worldwide, and, thanks to your support, customers can now find over 6500 apps and games in our Windows Phone 7 Marketplace. While we are pleased with our progress and humbled by the excitement and participation of so many developers, we know we still have a lot more work to do to help you sell your applications to a growing number of satisfied Windows Phone 7 customers.

As announced at CES, we will soon be releasing updates to Windows Phone 7 that reflect the feedback we have been receiving from customers and partners to improve the products we deliver. These updates will be pushed out to our existing customers and will include several changes. The two most noteworthy for Windows Phone users are the addition of copy and paste, and significant performance improvements when loading or switching between applications.

Existing applications already written and published will automatically receive the benefits of copy and paste and performance improvements when users update their devices. You will not be required to recompile or resubmit applications, nor will you have to change the way you have been utilizing our development tools and APIs. Although this is true for most cases, there might be some specific situations in which developers might prefer to recompile their apps to improve user experience. We will provide you with more information about these scenarios soon.

Additionally we are working to finish the release that will allow us and our partners to make new Windows Phones available from Sprint and Verizon in the first half of 2011.