Microsoft to unify payouts for developers with Windows and Windows Phone apps

The launch of Windows 10 later in 2015 will bring with it a storefront that will support downloading apps for both PCs and smartphones. Today, Microsoft continued to move towards that unified Windows Store with announcements of new payout setups for developers who make both Windows and Windows Phone apps.

Microsoft said that the following changes will be made in June for Windows Dev Center users who publish apps in the Windows Store and Windows Phone Store:

  • The 4 tiles will have more detailed information about your payouts
  • Payout summary will add more functionality
  • Payout threshold will be reduced to US$25 for most payouts, based on combined proceeds from Windows and Windows Phone
  • You can expect a single, combined payout for Windows and Windows Phone apps

The payout threshold for app revenues is a big change, as that level is currently set at $200 for the Windows Store and $200 for the Windows Phone Store. Payouts at the new $25 level will be made via SEPA (Single Euro Payments Area), ACH (bank direct deposit) and PayPal. Any wire transfer payouts will remain at the $200 level.

Microsoft also notes that app developers who have two payment methods, one for Windows Store apps and one for Windows Phone Store apps, should make sure their Windows Store Payout account is up to date before June 1.

Source: Microsoft

John Callaham