We told you a couple of weeks ago that Microsoft had decided it wouldn’t be paying any of its Windows Phone 7 developers until February 2011, which meant that some developers would have to wait almost five months to get paid.
It seems as Microsoft has had a change of heart, and they have just announced that they will start paying Windows Phone 7 developers from January 2011.
Back in October I shared that developer payouts for app and game sales would begin in February. We are pleased to now announce that the first payouts for Windows Phone 7 sales will be made in the 4th week of January 2011. This payout will include payment for all sales of Windows Phone 7 apps and games that occurred after the phones became available in October 2010 through the end of December 2010. 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.
I guess that’s a step in the right direction, but you would have thought that Microsoft would have sorted the developer payments before the platform launched, as the developers are the ones who are going to make the platform more popular.