Microsoft Moves To Strip More Business Away From Retailers
Microsoft who has partnered with Telstra to deliver their new subscription apps in Australia claim that third party developers can start selling their apps via the Windows Office Store.
Microsoft said overnight that it will start allowing developers to charge monthly recurring fees – basically, subscription pricing – for the apps they create for the Office Store.
Developers can begin submitting subscription apps in the seller dashboard this month. Office Store users can buy subscription apps starting in November.
The company also said the Office Store will begin supporting foreign languages immediately (The Office Store is available to customers of the new Office subscription service and can be accessed within Office applications and via Office.com online.)
With the addition of those eight new localized storefronts, developers will be able to choose to distribute their apps to any of the 31 individual markets where the Office Store is available, or globally.
Microsoft says there are currently hundreds of business and productivity apps available in the Office Store, and customers have already downloaded more than 1 million apps.