Monetizing your WP7 Applications and Games with Windows Phone Marketplace - Resources 8/30/10

As you might or know – Windows Phone 7 launch of final developer tools is coming very soon and Marketplace is opening it’s doors for submissions of WP7 apps & games in early October. I urge you to get up to date on this communication – A Developer’s Roadmap to Windows Phone 7 Launch Timing’.

I recently presented a session at spectacular Jacksonville Code Camp on 8/28/2010 in a wonderfully put together full-day track on Windows Phone 7.

If you missed my presentation - here is a link to a video and PPT - ‘Understanding Marketplace and Making Money with Windows Phone 7 Applications’ a Tech-Ed 2010 presentation covering major points I covered, the rest were verbal comments, crowd discussion and more details on updated policies.

UPDATE: My latest slides can be found here:

The more updated points are drawn from the latest can be found on the site under Requirements and Policies:

Get a good amount of questions on the costs and features of the Marketplace account, so here they are:

  • $99/year to join per account
  • Each Marketplace account unlocks 3 Phones for development
  • $0 for Students through DreamSpark program
  • Each Student account unlocks ONLY 1 Phone for development
  • Each account comes with Unlimited paid applications capacity
  • Each account comes with 5 free applications capacity - $19.99 for each free application there-after
  • Updates to applications are free

Speaking of Categories, a recent communication from Marketplace has finalized them. What category will your apps and games be in?

Windows Phone 7 App Categories Finalized

App categories are our way of organizing applications so that users can more easily find what they are looking for. For Windows Phone 7, we have 41 categories and sub-categories to help organize applications for users. When you submit your app to Marketplace you can choose from one of the categories below to help users find your app. Apps can only be placed in one category.


1. Books & Reference
- eReader
- Fiction
- Non-fiction
- Reference
2. Business
3. Entertainment
4. Finance
5. Games
- Action & Adventure
- Board & Classic
- Card & Casino
- Family
- Music
- Puzzle & Trivia
- Shooter
- Sports & Racing
- Strategy
- Xbox Companion
6. Health & Fitness
- Diet & Nutrition
- Fitness
- Health
7. Lifestyle
- Community
- Food & Dining
- Out & About
- Shopping
8. Music & Video
9. Navigation
10. News & Weather
11. Photo
12. Productivity
13. Social
14. Sports
15. Tools
16. Travel
- City Guides
- Language
- Planning
- Travel Tools


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