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The Windows Phone 7 launch has mostly gone off with few if any hitches for developers, but there will always be something bothering them and in this case, it appears to be a legitimate concern.

Two developers, Justin James and Nicholas Yu (the latter making GoVoice)  have noted that they won't receive payments for their apps till February, which is quite far off especially if like Yu, your app launched with Windows Phone 7. Going further, the developers complain that there are no analytics to measure how popular their app is--in other words, they don't know how many they have sold.

For Yu and his GoVoice app, this is important because he wants to add the much coveted Push Notifications to his app (he already began rolling it out last week). But without knowing how many apps he has sold, nor receiving payment till February, he has to pay the server costs upfront and basically hope that he can recoup the costs. Hardly an ideal position for a developer to be in.  James concludes that for now, developers should consider WP7 a hobby instead of a source of revenue. Ouch.

Microsoft is known for treating developers pretty well--better than Apple and even Google--so we hope that they can at least address this issue before others start to feel the same way. On the other hand, these growing pains are to be expected for such a new platform--the test is to see how it is resolved.

Source: Nicholas Yu, Justin James; via BGR & Slashgear;

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Reader comments

Developers making noise again--not receiving payments, no analytic tools

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It effects all developers--whether or not it bothers all developers is another question. But it seems there are grumblings amongst them about this and you don't have to be a programmer to imagine this as not the preferred design.

Sadly, these complaints are not without merit, but there are analytic solutions out there. In fact, the Windows Phone team blogged about their partnership with PreEmptive to solve this exact problem (November 2nd) until the official tools are ready. I suppose it is naive to assume that a Windows Phone developer would follow the Windows Phone blog.

Several other developers solved the problem with the Silverlight Analytics Framework. I rolled my own.

I guess it's easier for some people to complain rather than solve the problem.

You make a very good point, it seems lots of people just expect too much from the get go nowadays.

Geez you guys forgot all about the main complaint they have, not getting paid for three months, and focused on the minor issue.