The much awaited Windows has finally been launched and the next thing on everybody’s minds is its pros and cons. In spite of the huge advantages it has to offer, there are of course a few drawbacks voiced about the store’s pricing policies and apps availability.
According to a recent announcement by Microsoft about the Windows store’s pricing policies, the apps available on Windows 8 will have a maximum price tag of just a dollar less than one thousand and a minimum of $1.49 as against a minimum of $0.99 by the App Store and Google Play stores. This increase in the minimum price tag is comparable to that of the apps available in the Apple App Store.
Certain developers are bound to question the extra 50 cents that users will be required to pay in order to access the Windows Store, but at the end of the day, it is Microsoft’s decision and it’s not like a 50 cent difference would mean much to a buyer even if he is buying multiple apps. It may after all make a better pay off for developers and Microsoft as well.
Of course, it might add up to a considerable amount if the users in question are inclined to downloading hundreds of such low cost apps. Even then, if they buy up to 100 apps, it will still be only a $50 difference. So at the end of the day, there really is no need for developers to worry about the Windows 8 problems.
Currently, Windows Store users on the Preview builds of Windows 8 are offered a free to use access to any app on the store. But this will only last till Windows 8 goes on to the RTM stage. After this, developers with a valid company account and living in any of the supported countries can start offering paid as well as trial apps. Users will not have to worry about upgrade issues when they buy the apps as the apps will be made available through their accounts and will not be restricted to the system that they are currently using.
These are some of the Windows 8 problems regarding the store’s pricing policies and the availability of apps that users and developers are concerned about.