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Microsoft pays WP7 developers ahead of schedule

Windows Phone 7 gets developer upgrade
Windows Phone 7 gets developer upgrade

Microsoft has announced changes to the development process for applications for its Windows Phone 7 platform.

Developers that have created applications for the new phone OS since October will be paid in January, ahead of the previously announced February schedule.

Admittedly, it's only the last week in January, but we're used to writing about delays when it comes to phones, so a win's a win.

Month by month

Todd Brix on the Windows Phone Developer Blog said: "After January 2011, developer payouts will be processed on a monthly basis for all combined sales of Windows Phone 6.x and Windows Phone 7 apps for those developers who meet the minimum payout threshold limits."

Other changes include upgrades to allow ad-enabled apps using the XNA framework, which means it will be easier to put advertisements in more graphic-rich environments.

The app registration process has also been streamlined, which Microsoft says is now yielding a two-day approval rate for 91 per cent of developers.

Gareth Beavis

Global Editor-in-Chief

Gareth has been part of the consumer technology world in a career spanning three decades. He started life as a staff writer on the fledgling TechRadar, and has grown with the site (primarily as phones, tablets and wearables editor) until becoming Global Editor in Chief in 2018. Gareth has written over 4,000 articles for TechRadar, has contributed expert insight to a number of other publications, chaired panels on zeitgeist technologies, presented at the Gadget Show Live as well as representing the brand on TV and radio for multiple channels including Sky, BBC, ITV and Al-Jazeera. Passionate about fitness, he can bore anyone rigid about stress management, sleep tracking, heart rate variance as well as bemoaning something about the latest iPhone, Galaxy or OLED TV.